Buying a green home / Guides

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...and location of a panel array: Average annual power consumption Geographical location - hours of sun exposure in a day Potential shade from nearby build...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...anel has an absorptance rate of about 95%, and an emittance rate of only about 6%. That means the majority of the available heat is not just captured and instan...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...a crawlspace (our least favorite foundation design). Legalett insulated raft slabs with air heated floor s are an option available all across North America, for...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...asing a new window will also have its own energy and carbon footprint in terms of raw material extraction, manufacturing and transportation. As warm air tou...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

The best tips for buying windows

...at glazing on all orientations have a matching colour or tint. A high VT means more daylight is available which can save energy for artificial light and its ass...

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, virus
Healthy indoor air quality

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

...ating at all), so in general we would have to recommend against washing furnace and home air filters. The higher-rated air filters are paper-based, as that is t...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...assumes baseboards and includes taxes. The cost of borrowing is assumed to be a mortgage at a rate of 3.94% for a down payment of $70,000 and a 25 year amortiza...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...as a high R value per inch, acts as an air barrier and a vapour barrier. However, it has been known to shrink after application, leaving air gaps and a lack of ...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...Alaska, that above-average trend has extended for 105 days and counting. Fact: As the nation’s fastest-warming state, according to the Fourth National Climate...

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

Burning the right firewood for maximum heat output and minimum environmental impact

...and seasoned and are in alphabetical order: American beech Apple Ironwood Red oak Shagbark hickory Sugar maple (Music to eastern Canadian's ears!)...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...again. And that's as a guy that lives in a house insulated with foam. And I’m still open, so by all means please make your case for or against foam insulation i...