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Students building a LEED house and donating it to Habitat for Humanity fires on all the feel-good cylinders, have a listen to the CBC interview about the project.

Modular LEED house being built by Quebec carpentry students is underway

Learn the steps to creating a successful green roof - concept, design and maintenance.

Living roofs: the secret to success

How to refinish tired-looking brick homes, and how to make new bricks match your old ones.

Refinishing bricks and masonry

The name Tesla inspires visions of fast cars, rocket ships, high speed trains and now home solar roofs. So far they are big on fanfare but short on hard facts.

Updated story on the Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd still like to see some actual facts

How to keep power consumption at a minimum in an off-grid house without affecting quality of life.

Off-grid living blog post 4: appliances, mechanical and other systems

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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Pre-fab LEED home built by carpentry students
Students building a LEED house and donating it to Habitat for Humanity fires on all the feel-good cylinders, have a listen to the CBC interview about the project...
Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Learn the steps to creating a successful green roof - concept, design and maintenance...
Repainting and refinishing brick facades
How to refinish tired-looking brick homes, and how to make new bricks match your old ones. ..
Tesla Solar Roof shingles
The name Tesla inspires visions of fast cars, rocket ships, high speed trains and now home solar roofs. So far they are big on fanfare but short on hard facts...
Off-grid leed home
How to keep power consumption at a minimum in an off-grid house without affecting quality of life...
Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Just as a regular battery stores electrical energy, a thermal battery stores heat. Solar heat can be collected, stored and distributed later as needed. ..
Off-grid home
If you are thinking about going off-grid with solar panels and a battery backup, there are lots of good reasons to do so and ways to do it more affordably. We will outline a few here...
Balanced insulation levels in a home
Homes are often over-insulated in some parts and relatively under-insulated others. Balanced insulation means applying your insulation dollars where they are most needed. ..
Icicles are an indication of heat loss, which can cause damage to insulation
Tips for winter preparation: how to make your house more efficient, more durable and more comfortable. ..
Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home battery
Aquion Energy's Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) saltwater batteries offer a safe, clean, non-hazardous and hassle-free solution to storing your own power ..
Heating an off-grid home
Post 3 in Craig Anderson's off-grid living blog covers heating systems - what worked, what didn't, and what changes were made. ..
How solar panels work
Ever wonder how solar panels actually work? Here is a great explanation of how sun is converted into electricity, and some resources for getting set up with solar panels in Canada...