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How to create landscaping surfaces that allow for the absorption of storm water.

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

The importance and the benefits of creating buildings and landscapes that retain and manage rainwater on site.

Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

Short of a wood stove, pretty much all heating systems require power to operate. So in the event of an apocalypse (zombie, climate, asteroid, etc) these two pellet stoves can keep you warm when the power goes out.

Product of the month - an 'end of days' heating solution

Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates come with a much heavier environmental cost than they claim and contradict the laws of physics.

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

With a little creativity and ingenuity small spaces can be maximized for a greater harvest and look great doing so!

Grow food at home: 7 tips for growing food in small spaces

Whether you are renovating or building a new home, our categorized guide pages can help you through the process. We have something for all projects, from location and design to finishing and landscaping.

Green building guide

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Heat pump water heaters can help cut your hot water energy consumption by close to one third, particularly when partnered with an air source heat pump...
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Heat pumps can heat a house three times more efficiently than other forms of heat. When paired with a heat pump water heater you can significantly drop the cost of heat and hot water in a home...
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Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
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