Concept, design and architecture

Concept, design and architecture

Resilient design features for new home construction

Design ideas and home-durability measures to help families and homes withstand a changing climate.

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Concept, design and architecture

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

Planning and budget tips for home building and renovating

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Concept, design and architecture

How to stay on budget when building a home

Advice from a green building project manager: how to develop a construction budget and stick to it.

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Earthship in Taos, New Mexico
Concept, design and architecture

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates can't work because they contradict the laws of physics.

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Concept, design and architecture

Building science made easy - video

Understanding building science basics will help you design and build durable and efficient wall systems.

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MIBOP energy modeling software from Mindscape Innovations
Concept, design and architecture

Free online energy modeling from Mindscape Innovations

Professional energy raters use HOT2000, an energy modeling program designed to determine the energy consumption of buildings. Mindscape Innovations is a sust...

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Concept, design and architecture

Efficient home design

All about energy efficient home design - building enclosures, product selection and energy efficiency strategies.

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Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort and convenience

Intelligent home devices allow you to control your home remotely, and send you notices of problems

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Tiny house

The best tiny house we've seen so far

DIY tiny houses move to the next level as an architecture student introduces digital design and fabrication into the mix.

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Ottawa Coach House
Tiny house

Ottawa now allows backyard coach homes

Tiny houses, accessory dwelling units, coach homes; whatever you like to call them, we will soon see them popping up in Ottawa back yards.

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Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

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

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