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Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...affordable green prefab home kits that are a little larger and family sized, see here for the full range available. An Affordable Modern Tiny House prefab home floor plan - Le Refuge - see details here Now you know more about the beautiful and Architect Designed Le Refuge modern green prefab kit home wh...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

The cost of lumber is at an all time high, and because of that fact, other wall assemblies are showing themselves to be more affordable in comparison. So it’s a great time to highlight a few alternatives. Standard residential home construction in most colder climates now involves 2x6s and fiberglass insulation batts...

Natural Gas is being phased out - why & when?
Heating with gas and oil

Why Natural Gas is Being Phased Out of New Home Construction (and When?)

...affordable, has led to the simple assumption that heating homes with natural gas is often the only sensible choice. It’s clean, but also cheap, right? Well, that’s only until the laws of supply and demand come into play. With so many homes being heated with this seemingly ‘abundant’ fuel source, it is speeding up its d...

Electricity

Lights, appliances and all things electrical

There are a lot of options to consider when shopping for appliances, designing home lighting, and heating your home. These pages outline some things you can do that will help reduce your consumption, and despite what is sometimes a higher sticker price, usually save you money. Home lighting There are many factor...

Natural gas fireplace
Heating with gas and oil

Heating with natural gas

The cleaner burning process (than diesel fuel) and price has made heating and cooking with natural gas quite popular in the last couple of decades. However, popularity put a pretty heavy dent in supply, so much so that alternative sources are being explored to meet demand. There are some potentially greener sources of...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

How solar air heaters work: Solar air heater diagram © Ecohome The above diagram indicates the basic concept of a solar air heater, and while there are many designs, the basic principle is the same - a small fan feeds interior air into a south-facing wall-mounted panel. Air is heated as it passes behind a blac...

Jenine Alexander's homemade mobile tiny house
Tiny house

DIY Tiny House for less than $3,500

...affordable Tiny House. Since first building this sweet little home on wheels, she has actually completed two more. If you're interested in DIY Tiny House projects, be sure to check out her blog where she writes about small house building projects and low-impact living - and if thinking of buying a Tiny House on wheels ...

Students at New Frontiers School Board to build LEED home to be donate
LEED Homes

Quebec carpentry students to build LEED house for Habitat for Humanity

...affordable to build and operate. Ordinarily, a Habitat for Humanity house has a family picked out before construction begins - not so in this case. This poses an additional challenge for the teachers during the design process, but one that will be another excellent learning experience for their students. When Habit...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

On a wooded Canadian farmstead in rural Alberta, the new house replaced an old home that was no longer able to fulfill its function. The architectural concept for the new home was simple: open, flexible, efficient (almost Zero Net Energy), and for an economical budget - not everyone can manage to build affordable net ...

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...affordable option than what is offered by local utilities. Much of the appeal of private power generation is resilience and personal security by being able to run the systems of your home in the case of grid failure. That brings us to the elephant in the room - storing power affordably, safely, and with limited envir...

Commuting after Lock-down in the new Covid-19 World
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Green commuting - getting back to work after social distancing is relaxed

...affordable than an ebike. Electric scooters are a more affordable option for shorter commutes but still consider safety equipment as essential Walking to work Yeah, good old walking. No flat tires, no traffic snarls, no one squeezed in beside you like on a train or bus. Ways to make a walk more bearable – and...