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

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...climates. It won't offer nearly the thermal protection you think it will in the dead of winter, and it may cause moisture damage due to its lack of permeability. Polyiso insulation boards are the most widely used low slope, above-deck commercial roofing insulation. As a versatile choice for commercial roofing applica...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...climate zone you would direct the exhaust vent from your radon stack straight out through the rim joist (as seen in the adjacent images), and there are several benefits to this location for all climate zones – it is a quicker install with less materials required, you avoid having to puncture your roofing materials and ...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...climate change and rising global temperatures, it is essential that carbon emissions from homes and buildings be reduced. This comes through design features such as choosing a slab-on-grade instead of a basement as they use significantly less concrete, which is very high in GHGs (green house gas emissions), unless you ...

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

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...climate, but as high as possible in the system so the exit remains clear for pumping the water out of. Even if you feel you are in a location where you aren’t at risk of flooding, if you have a basement, you should probably have a sump pump. Especially given the increase in extreme weather events due to climate chang...

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?

...climate zone the property is in. To learn more about mechanical ventilation systems, see here – or to discover how to choose between an HRV or ERV unit, see here . If in a cold climate, it’s also a great idea to fit a low level evacuation pipe on the HRV or ERV unit rather than a roof vent that can freeze up and be har...

Commuting after Lock-down in the new Covid-19 World
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Green commuting - getting back to work after social distancing is relaxed

...change at times, so if you're looking for a little commuting assitance without making enemies, e-bikes are less ‘threatening’ looking than scooters since they blend in with all the other bikes. So they may be preferable, although with many well rated offers, online adult sized electric scooters can be more affordable t...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...climate is changing, disastrous weather events are becoming more frequent and severe, resources like energy, food and water are becoming more and more scarce in some areas, and a growing world population means more and more people want a piece of that shrinking pie. To be able to offer your family a safe, warm home a...

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


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...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...change to the industry is when there is greater consideration of operational costs by home shoppers, and owner-builders raising the bar by putting better homes out in the public eye so more people can see the windfall that awaits us all.

Wind turbine © Jinterwas, Flickr
Lifestyle and environment

Clean energy infrastructure and efficient-housing for Canada's Indigenous communities

...change the landscape of energy across Canada. By breaking down silos and enabling Indigenous communities to gain the knowledge needed to enhance their participation in clean energy projects, we unlock potential not found anywhere else." - Chris Henderson, Lumos Energy Participants in the 2016 20/20 cata...

Suzlon's LEED Platinum wind power living laboratory in India
Lifestyle and environment

Green Building is accelerating around the world

Courtesy of the USGBC , the following is a guest post by Harvey M. Bernstein, Vice President of Industry Insights & Alliances, McGraw-Hill Construction and John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Climate, Controls & Security. There is no doubt that sustainability initiatives and environm...