Climate change / Guides

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...climate change read more here. How to eliminating air leakage and heat loss: For new construction be sure to find airtight pot lights . Existing buildings - build a drywall box above pot lights (done from above). We recommend using drywall because it's airtight when sealed, but also because the light can build ...

Suspended-film insulating glass windows are high-performance windows
Windows and doors

Suspended-film insulating glass windows - A definitive guide for these high-performance windows

...climate Why green homes are best for climate extremes Why we need to build green homes that withstand climate change events Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction in the Eco...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...Change the baseboard heaters to stop the noises If none of the above works, electric baseboard heaters can always be changed or contact a heating technician who can try to determine the cause of the noise (although the cost may end up being comparable). If it’s one or two units, try looking up better quality electric...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...climate zones in the U.S. that Passive House design had to cope with. Applying the fixed energy criteria in Passive House design that was originally developed for Germany’s climate, PHIUS claimed, was absurd in either a subtropical climate or an extremely cold climate. PHIUS has since built its entire Passive House s...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house

ARE TINY HOUSES FOR SALE LOCALLY A GOOD CHOICE FOR A FIRST HOME?

To buy, or not to buy, a tiny house on wheels? That is the question... I’ve recently been looking at Tiny Homes for sale, mostly THOW's , but first, the background. As a single woman approaching the “big 3-0”, and especially with current events forcing changes in everyday life, I realize how lucky I’ve been to spe...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...climates and traditional building materials. BREEAM certainly got a lot of building professionals thinking around the world. For those who think homes built to code in the USA & Canada are good enough, remember that the building code essentially defines the worst performing home you are legally allowed to build. Depe...

tidal power generators
Renewable energy

Tidal generators offer a predictable supply of renewable energy

...change into 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 imp...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

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

...climate change and housing. Tiny House living is a housing trend that has inspired radically scaling back home size, which is a very good thing. The average house size in the US is almost 2,700 square feet, and in Canada it peaked at about 2,200 square feet but has dropped in recent years. Today's houses are on ave...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...change, and they will expand or contract in the process. Hemp natural insulation batts help balance humidity in homes, and they are non-toxic and hypoallergenic And to have more fun with anologies…a box of crackers can be left unsealed on the counter in a desert climate like California, but in a humid climate l...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...climate change. The use of pedal power and the production of energy through Windstream has been introduced to homes in Alaska to power home appliances. Things like that are essential for those living ‘off the grid’ and it is a great way for the rest of us to do our bit towards preventing climate change. This sustaina...

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row

...climate change mitigation in the lead up to the United Nation's COP21 climate negotiations this December. "We are extremely proud to be named as the top country for LEED projects internationally again this year," said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the CaGBC. "By leading the global adoption of LEED, Canada's bu...