Building with wood / Guides

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...with HFO blowing agents . Ecohome’s engineer Denis Boyer performed some moisture simulation models with unventilated roofs, and he confirmed that the risk of interstitial condensation (moisture in the air forming water droplets when coming into contact with a hard, cold surface) can be a problem. According to Denis, ...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Slab on Grade

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...with the interior slab floor being poured later once the footing has set. Insulation underneath the footing is often omitted with this technique, which leads to thermal bridging and heat loss. This technique also requires a second trip with a concrete pump truck, which depending on your region can run anywhere from $70...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...within reach, they can also act as an exhaust vent in summer for releasing stale warm air. The benefits of skylights are real, but that about does it for them. I very much enjoy sitting by a skylight in someone else's home but I don't want one in mine. The problem with a skylight is that it presents an entirely new...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...without some a sizable amount of thermal mass to store heat and release heat , it's unlikely that anything but the most well-insulated buildings will maintain a comfortable room temperature from sundown to sunup on a cold winter night. If you're looking for a solar air heater to warm a building with no power, you can...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...Building advice , see our Green Home Building guide pages to learn more about easy energy efficient home improvements , how to properly insulate an attic , When to replace old windows and when to repair them , How to choose the best windows and everything else you need to know about planning a renovation or new buildin...

Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 3: All about off-grid power generation in off-grid homes

...with was over a mile back down a private road, and our few other neighbours have summer-only cabins. There are no services of any kind that come down our road - no phone, no cable, no fiber optics, and of course, no power lines. The closest neighbor heats with wood, and handles cooking and a small amount of power gener...

Keyhole Garden

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...with a slight angle sloping out from the center, for drainage and nutrient delivery. Therefore, each layer adds to the mound in the center. To begin, create the compost tower. Again, you can use any kind of mesh or fencing, you can even create a square with four stakes then weave a basket style wall with ropes and re...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...with reinforced insulation in both walls and roof, with triple-glazed argon filled and coated windows, the Abri is conceived and constructed to be Passive Solar rated, LEED or even a Zero Energy Home when suitably specified. High-performance building envelopes built carefully with healthy materials: the best of prefa...

Carbon Offset Schemes - Whale Poop leads Nature's Own Way
Lifestyle and environment

Save the Whale's (Poop) - Save the Planet !! (And $2m per Whale)

...building techniques here : All about natural swimming pools & ponds Compare the Carbon Footprint of Wood v Steel V Concrete Buildings Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction The original whale-poop podcast that prompted th...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...without batteries and how it can help reduce the carbon footprint of eco homes & sustainable construction ... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : Off Grid and Zero Energy Homes Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate The Azelio website ...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...with local-municipality building inspectors to know for sure how deep you might need to go to get under the frost line. This is, of course, great as a general rule if you are building something without permits or building inspectors, but for anything of greater consequence like full home construction, don’t chance it...