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Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...anding R values The R value applied to a material refers to its capacity to resist heat transfer. The R value of most commercially available insulations varie...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...ate pre-fabricated wall solutions because factory assembly can ensure a high quality and material conservation. Avoiding drywalling over planned window areas ...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...ahia Studio A living wall (also known as a green wall, plant wall or vertical garden) is not a cheap feature to add to a home, but it can have a positive fu...

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

...around 67° F. Upon our arrival after a few days away, the adjacent rooms were always 60° F or warmer, and the upstairs was always warmer than 50° F. From a star...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...and can cause damage to the interior of walls as many litres of water carried in warm air can pass through even the smallest of holes in a heating season. A h...

Shipping Container Homes in a Warm Climate might be a good option
Tiny house

Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates

...al staircase and upper as well as lower deck area which has partial cover from the midday sun. Fine for a warm climate tiny house, but I can't see that starcase...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...alled an ice dam, and it can cause water to backup beneath shingles and Ice dams cause damage to walls and roof structures. How to know if you have an Ice dam...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...Any new advance in house construction has to be scalable and not stray too far too quickly from the current norms that builders are familiar with. What are Ne...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

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

...ay take some negotiating with your regional municipality and even a minor variance, but you can certainly build smaller than the national average and maybe smal...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

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

...apacity Powerwall 2 . What we like about Tesla's Solar Roof: Solar Roof © Tesla Almost all solar panels are silica based, Tesla shingles are quartz ...

Dirrtt Environmental Solutions, Green Wall
Lifestyle and environment

Green Business Certification Inc. and Canada Green Building Council Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

...anada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announce a new agreement to promote and advance the WELL Building Standard (WELL) in Canada. The WELL Building Standard...