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Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...green countertops for kitchens & bathrooms , carrying out sustainable non-toxic green kitchen renovations or sustainable green building techniques in general, v...

Electric vehicle charging station
Commuting

Electric Vehicles getting help from the provinces

...Green Home Building Guide pages at Ecohome, North America's Green Building Website .

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...built, that large of a financial investment towards energy efficiency could offer much greater returns if put towards heat retention instead - better windows , ...

DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Wood and organic materials

Two new options of mass timber panels

...built a at more affordable prices (faster construction, less labour required). Disadvantages: Urea-formaldehyde resin is used as a bonding agent. Emission...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...greenhouse gases. The only way choosing XPS foam over other types of insulation will make the planet greener is by helping frozen tundra come back to life. Fo...

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

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

...Green Building advice , see our Green Home Building guide pages to learn more about easy energy efficient home improvements , how to properly insulate an attic ...

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

Off-grid heating systems

...built only to code. Heaters are generally rated as per the BTUs/hour that they produce. To get a first approximation of our heating needs, I took the heating lo...

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

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...Green Building , GreenSpec and recently the Resilient Design Institute . The following is a brief description of his vision, and the steps our team took as de...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...built on clay can be susceptible to movement depending on rainfall, if it goes from very wet to very dry, or vice versa, anytime during the summer. If you fin...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...built on a crawlspace; full stop. • EPS foam can be used as a vapour barrier when installed with multiple layers and offset joints as it will not absorb moist...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...Built Green, and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) reward homeowners and builders for creating homes that perform beyond those built simply t...