Architecture / Guides

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...architecture or building science, but I dabbled in researching the topic for a decade. I remember that I was absolutely inspired when I first came across some o...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...Architecture (Hons.) from the University of Queensland (Australia), where she studied Environmental Technology under Dr. Steven V. Szokolay (architect, energy a...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

Three years ago, professor Lucas Brown’s students in Green Mountain College’s Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) class built a custom-designed tiny ...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...architecture and construction services, all from under one roof. This led to the birth of our current company, Belvedair. My training in administration now se...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

Shipping container homes are gaining popularity globally, especially as Tiny Houses , as they can be seductively attractive with their modern looking lines, co...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

Alex Wilson is the founder of the journal Environmental Building News , Green Building , GreenSpec and recently the Resilient Design Institute . The followin...

Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...architecture and ecology. A successful green roof also thrives with life - plants bloom, insects buzz, birds chirp, and visitors are astounded to find a living ...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...architecture is the perfect balance for us soft-core hippies. Mom and dad worked it out after all. Our own relationship survived as well – no small triumph, t...