Buying a green home / Guides

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...at it was not a layout that made any sense as a modern family home. So that’s my experience with a home on its last legs, and I only share that to say that I ...

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...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...an area where the natural humidity is already high, having plants such as Ginger, Asplundia, Monstera, Ficus Benjamin, Areca palm, and Bamboo palm will only mak...

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...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...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 ...

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!)...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...alarm? A sump pump alarm which alerts to high water level is a valuable and affordable addition that can alert you to a problem that you may be able to solve ...

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 ...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...al, is about heat distribution. Freestanding wood stoves are basically a space heater rather than a full house heating system. Some have an optional fan or 'b...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...abric with an insulating layer of air in between. The insulated greenhouse is heated with a reclaimed forced-air furnace that is that activated automatically ...

Smart Door Lock Buying Guide - Easy DIY Project
Mechanical systems

Smart door lock buying guide

...ation passcode - not really a smart lock, but it's still smarter than forgetting your key! Are smart door locks safe? Smart homes and home automation are ...