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Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...Carbon Monoxide in homes may have the reputation as the "silent killer", but we say it's better to be safe than sorry and test your home for radon gas as a matter of course, but especially if you've ever heard of any reports of there being radon gas in the area. Testing Radon in Homes in Canada - Order Online Here ...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...carbonized wood finish © CDR Studio Architects Shou sugi ban black Japanese carbonized wood finish Bl© Matsu Accoya Designer Studio DB © Shou-sugi-ban carbonized multi-toned used for interior finishing © Zwarthout.com Japanese carbonized wood finish, Shou ...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

How to insulate house walls from the outside Adding extra insulation to the exterior walls of an older home when renovating or remodeling is a great way of improving a home's walls thermal performance and reducing energy use while reducing heating bills, carbon footprint and improving a building's comfort level. It ...

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in a process called carbonation, and gradually returns to its original state of limestone. When first applied it seems quite opaque, but will become richer in colour as it cures. Ochres and natural metal oxides are used to add colour. Rather than flaking like paint, colours tend to fa...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...carbon emissions from the energy they use. Air conditioners and heat pumps contain fluoridated gases, which have a heavy impact on climate change. Mechanical climate control cooling systems will always have a place in home design, but they should be a secondary design focus after cheaper passive cooling strategies have...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...carbon' investment in terms of the embodied energy of building materials. For our building envelope we will use Roxul mineral wool insulation, which has a high embodied energy but superior durability compared to many other insulation materials. It can also be easily disassembled and entirely reusable at the end of th...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...carbon footprint if that's your thing. The economics of tiny houses: They will for sure cost you less than a 'normal-sized' house, but when you calculate it by square foot it's often double the price. You can build a house for plus or minus $200-250 per square foot, but tiny houses can easily creep up to $400 or mo...

tidal power generators
Renewable energy

Tidal generators offer a predictable supply of renewable energy

...carbon dioxide, a less harmful gas. So rather than at the surface of reservoirs, 95% of the problem is at the dam itself where methane-rich deep water goes through the high-pressure environment of turbines and spillways. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, methane has a warming impact 72 times...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...carbon footprint drops immensely. If you aren't farming, buying or building on a chunk of land off the beaten path can be a wonderful place to live, but a little carbon intensive if you aren't careful. Here's a few tips that might help. 1. Commuting. Do you live more than 25 miles from your work? Depending on you...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...carbon footprint and your food costs. Not only that, it's often healthier and even tastes better. Any would-be gardener would love a sunny backyard or even better some acreage to grow edibles, but that isn't always the case. Some of the more limited spaces would be apartment balconies, but if they are at all facing s...

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-...