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High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...alls on the 'small, medium or large' scale, but that's really about it. An 1,800 sq. ft. house that is poorly-insulated may need an extra-large stove, an 1,800 sq. ft. house that is super-insulated may need an extra-small stove. There are even houses like passive solar homes that could probably be kept warm with a fo...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...all is buried about 6 feet deep and made with 310 old tires that are filled with sand. The three other sides allow light in, plus the south-facing roof. The north roof is metal. Rigid insulation was used below the floor and on the north wall. Glazing is a mix of polyethene, patio doors and reclaimed windows. ...

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

Burning the right firewood for maximum heat output and minimum environmental impact

...Buying the right stove in the first place allows us to run them at the optimum efficiency level while giving the level of heat required to heat the home - it's a balancing act, too big and either it overheats or doesn't get to correct temperature and burns inefficiently, too small and we jam them too full trying to get...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...home Tips for a successful green home build Resilient design features for new home construction Are shipping container homes good or bad? Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide or to learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership, see here...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...allets for furniture and inside homes Which is better, OSB or plywood - for roofs, walls and floors? The best lumber choices for wood frame construction of homes How to sustainably dispose of construction waste Where to find FSC certified products locally Find more about green home constru...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...home about a decade ago, the mission from the start was to create a green building website where homeowners and builders could learn to make informed choices and build sustainable and energy-efficient homes. A place where a dialogue about the true impacts of building products and practices could be had, where the pros ...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...all, which helps prevent moist air from condensing. The stud wall allows for the installation of wiring, additional insulation and drywall. Drywall should be attached directly to studs, latex paint will act as a vapour retarder slowing any outward moisture migration while also allowing walls to dry inwards. You may...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...ally detrimental to health as it allows for mold and mildew growth Condensation can cause damage to homes and lead to costly renovations and repairs So, the question is – what should we do about condensation? How do we fix and prevent condensation in our homes? Condensation in homes – the basics So what is ...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...about $1,700 to $3,000, not including chimney installation. If you are building your home yourself, research local building codes regarding pellet and woodstove safety early on. There are minimum distances from all combustible sources that you should know about when designing. Incorporating thermal mass around your s...

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

...about 35-40 km per hour, the next big step-up would charge at a rate of about 80 km per hour. That’s why I think a dryer plug is probably adequate for almost everyone. It shouldn’t cost much to have an electrician come install one on the outside of your house or in your garage. That would equate to getting about 350 ...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...allets: last but not least - one of the most abundant supplies of ready-made building materials are shipping pallets. They are generally considered about the same as 'packaging' and rarely if ever returned to their source. They can be dissasembled and used for the planking, but in their original form they lend themse...