Carbon / Guides

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...carbon emissions by one tonne in a year, well this one move could offer you a century of success in that. It can also be much cheaper, more ecologically sensible, and offer a better quality of life to build 'up' instead of 'down'. Check out our video building guide: passive solar slab-on-grade construction Slab-on-...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...carbons (HFCs) most commonly used as blowing agents are far more damaging to the climate than those used with other rigid foam insulation boards. Some manufacturers speak of a transition to more eco-friendly foam insulation blowing agents; that will be great news when it happens across the board! And credit where it's ...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...carbon footprint in terms of raw material extraction, manufacturing and transportation. As warm air touches windows it cools and drops. This creates an air convection within a home, this sensation is most noticeable on very cold days, but can be significantly reduced with high quality triple pane windows. © Ecohome...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...carbon positive, hyper-local produce, all year long. Long live the food revolution! 1.) Orient the greenhouse to the South. Starting with a location that gets enough light with Southern orientation is the essential first step to creating a super-abundant greenhouse. The North side can be used as a storage / potting...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...carbon footprint of homes with renewable energy. Find other articles & information on renewable energy systems here : Solar air heated radiant floor form kits for Passive House, LEED & Zero Net Energy Homes How Heat Pumps work in Passive House, LEED & Zero Energy Homes Heat Pumps: Ground source geot...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...carbon footprint since it comes from Asia, and there have been questions raised regarding working conditions for those in the industry. Cost: Between $3 and $8 per sq.ft. Cork floors: Cork flooring © Lusimat Cork is another durable and renewable flooring material. Cork is harvested from the bark of a specif...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...carbon emissions savings comparable to taking an average car off the road . A gradual transition to heating with heat pumps offers benefits beyond simply economic incentives for system owners. As governments at every level are beginning to get more aggressive about combating the threat of global climate change, trans...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...carbon. Heavy timber refers to any dimensional lumber over 4.5" and is often used for post-and-beam construction or timber frame homes. Large dimensions of wood can support heavy loads and facilitate long spans, in addition to being surprisingly fire resistant. Finger-jointed lumber (also known as end-jointed and e...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...carbon footprint? Wouldn’t it make more sense to encourage the maximum number of buildings to achieve a certain threshold of energy efficiency rather than creating a very narrow path for very few? Passive House certification or indeed LEED Certification, is still seen by many as an "elitist" club reserved for the wealt...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...carbon monoxide poisoning. Higher-end models of gas-fired instantaneous water heaters feature sealed combustion systems. One pipe supplies the burner with fresh air from outdoors, while another pipe ensures the discharge of waste gas. Models with a pilot ignition system are not the most efficient because of the sli...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

What is the best wall system for a home? We're frequently asked which is the perfect wall system for high-performance LEED , Passive House or Zero Energy Homes , Well, a perfect Answer to that Is, first Ask the Right Questions! - After all, what is the best way to get from one place to another? You have to choose be...