Best solar options / Guides

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...solar (including Canada’s first solar neighbourhood ), and continued research and development of national standards and accreditation for solar power. Best so...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...best equipment and service for the best deal. Don’t be shy when it comes to grilling your solar installer. A residential energy system is a sizeable investmen...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...best overall angle for solar thermal heat collection . Purchase: You can purchase individual solar components separately, but buying a pre-engineered solar ...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...solar roof here , the next phase of solar-power generation for homes are solar shingles, solar tiles or what has become known as Solar Roofs. Simply with the me...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...solar trackers & fixed solar panel mounts All about solar panels - the different options & how they work Ten questions to ask a solar panel contract...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...solar panels, your own wind turbine, solar heated floors , bike generator , or even a water-wheel! Solar heating - passive & active energy Passive solar hea...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...best foundation choice? Traditionally, home construction often starts with a concrete basement foundation - But is that the best choice? The first factors t...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...solar reflectance index (SRI), which is a measure of the ability of a constructured surface to reflect solar heat, measured on a scale of 0-100, with 0 being wh...

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?

...solar heated radiant floor - see this one go together here: This is the solar heated floor slab-on-grade foundation form kit being assembled for this LEED &...

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

...solar design done much more recently, that has distilled out some of the best design principles to take advantage of that free energy source, the sun. I also di...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...Solar thermal panels powered by photovoltaics: pumps and fans for hydronic solar panels (liquid) or air solar thermal panels or even air solar heated floor slab...