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Solar air heaters are fairly easy to make or affordable to buy and offer a quick payback.

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

Dense materials hold more heat than light fluffy stuff does. This can work for or against you.

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

Finding a suitable building lot requires a lot of consideration and research; here are some things to look for.

What to look for when buying a building lot

A simple checklist for home buyers - visual clues that can help indicate the quality and durability of a home.

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

On display at Igloofest in Montreal, the Celsius solar igloo is an artistic demonstration of solar heating.

Celsius: The solar heated igloo!

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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Ssolar air heater
Solar air heaters are fairly easy to make or affordable to buy and offer a quick payback...
Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Dense materials hold more heat than light fluffy stuff does. This can work for or against you. ..
Choosing a building lot
Finding a suitable building lot requires a lot of consideration and research; here are some things to look for...
A simple checklist for home buyers - visual clues that can help indicate the quality and durability of a home...
Celsius Solar Igloo
On display at Igloofest in Montreal, the Celsius solar igloo is an artistic demonstration of solar heating...
Flooded community in Alberta via Calgary Sun
The effects of our changing climate aren't just coming anymore, they are here. How and where we build has to change as well. ..
Choosing a home and neighbourhood
Whether you're buying or building, here are things to look for in a new home and location...
Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Shou sugi ban burnt wood exterior cladding is naturally made and very durable...
North Park Passive House Vancouver Island
The North Park Passive House is a six-unit urban-infill condominium ..
When a substance melts or solidifies, it absorbs or releases energy. Materials that do that at room temperature can help regulate temperatures in homes. ..
Wind turbine © Jinterwas, Flickr
Last summer the 20/20 Catalysts Program kick-started a clean-energy initiative for Indigenous communities. This summer the focus will be on improving community housing...
Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Energy modeling can help you find the weak link in a building envelope and tweak your design before you start building...