Ecological home construction

Course outline:

  • The principles of sustainable building: energy, resources and health
  • How to finance a building project
  • Design ideas for comfortable, sustainable and affordable homes
  • Using reclaimed materials
  • Choosing a site
  • The concepts of passive solar – free heating
  • Windows and doors
  • Foundation choices
  • Choosing wall systems and building envelopes
  • Proper roof ventilation and insulation
  • Heating: radiant floors, masonry heaters, solar
  • Mechanical: water, electricity, ventilation etc.
  • Reducing home energy consumption
  • The benefits of thermal mass
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Finishing
  • Landscaping
  • Eliminating radon gas

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