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Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

In 1996, this off-grid house designed by architect Martin Liefhebber was one of two concept homes selected by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...Designs , Passive Solar heating design , LEED certified homes & Zero Energy Homes all of which is accomodated in the design of the EcoHome prefab kit homes whic...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...bathroom cabinets . Fed with cold water, these gas or electric heaters give you instant hot water, so you eliminate heat loss though piping and storage of water...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...bathrooms and kitchens not being contained. Along with proper design and keeping problem areas clean and dry, it is important to ensure bathroom fans, kitchen...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...design and build their own dream homes. But can you really stick it out in a tiny home? When you build one, do you envision yourself staying in it forever? De...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...designed for both new homes and home renovations is good news indeed. Learn more Hydraloop won a 2020 CES Consumer Technology Association Innovation award f...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

This is the fourth piece in a blog series written by Craig Anderson as he documents the design and construction of an off-grid LEED Gold passively-heated home....

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...bathroom and kitchen fans when showering and cooking, run a dehumidifier in the basement if needed, and don't hang laundry to dry indoors, unless of course your...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...Bathroom water damage: Does it have wood around wet areas? Are there signs of water damage anywhere? Are toilets and faucets modern low-flow models ? If appli...

A tiny house that looks like a stack of logs
Tiny house

A portable off-grid tiny house that looks like a stack of wood

...designed space includes a kitchen, bathroom, shower and solar panels for off-grid power. With both kitchen and bathroom behind moveable partitions, the unclut...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...design is to keep it far enough from open windows to prevent the radon gas from re-entering the home, but that is unnecessary and can work against you. The ai...