Choosing materials / Guides

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...Choosing a solar panel mounting system: The price tag for fixed solar panel mounting stands is unquestionably lower than moveable ones; They can be free standing, attached to a roof, you can even build your own stand if you choose, like the timber framed panel mount in the image below. Timber framed s...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...materials therefore shipping costs are reduced, and because they are much stronger, there is less loss due to breakage during transport. The skeptic in us says, sure, they may be lighter and break less than slate or terracotta, but metal roofs are probably the lightest by square foot and I've never seen a shingle or ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...materials, more stages of construction and more labour with a crawlspace than a slab. Passive House slab on grade form kit ready to pour concrete © Ecohome The drawbacks of building on a slab on grade: Building your home on a slab on grade means you will have no basement storage, a mechanical room on the main...

Deck Construction, 10 Top Tips for Building Decks
Decks, porches and gazebos

Building a deck ? 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...choosing wood for framing see here . Ten Tips for building better decks: This is where we are hoping to tap into the collective brain power of all deck builders out there . Through trial and error and sharing ideas we can all up the quality of our builds, so if you have tips of your own to add please drop them on t...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...materials, finishes, carpets, furniture and computers can all off-gas in our homes for years . Let fresh air circulate through your home as often as possible. If you live in a heavily trafficked area do so at low traffic times. 6.) Cultivate Houseplants. According to NASA not only do houseplants clean the air (but no...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...materials that water can pass through, and enough of it that it can store water until it is absorbed into the ground below. This means clean stone of various sizes (bigger on the bottom, smaller on the top), leveled with a plate compactor. Some installers add a layer of sand at the top (1 to 1.5 inches) to help set a...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...materials such as asphalt shingles or metal in areas of low solar exposure. An instant advantage with BIPV over existing rooftop solar panels, is that you don’t need to remove roof coverings in order to replace them, since BIPVs themselves offer weather proofing. That alone is a significant improvement over PV panels t...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...choosing the pool color shouldn't just be about aesthetics. Neither should choosing a darker colored pool be ignored if in Quebec, Ontario, BC, Montana, New York or Illinois and serious about enjoying a backyard pool for as much of the year as possible without the pool heating costing the Earth. Literally. Reduced po...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...choosing synthetic drywall; namely, anytime we use recycled and reclaimed raw materials we preserve natural resources and natural habitat destruction. In the case of recycled gypsum board, along with redirecting an endless supply of waste away from landfills, it contributes to reducing acid rain, which is caused primar...

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

...materials. Choosing greener household cleaners and personal care products that come in minimal or compostable packaging. Opting for a refillable water bottle or a reusable coffee mug and using metal or glass straws. Switching to a diet with more plant-based foods. Growing your own vegetables in containers or a ...

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

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...Choosing FSC products promotes the market for responsible forestry management. Engineered hardwood floors: Engineered wood is comprised of several layers of plywood forming the core of your flooring, with a top layer of hardwood. When finished, engineered wood will look like any other hardwood floor. Pros: ...