Commercial / Guides

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...commercial and residential buildings with power storage starts to become mainstream it would address a serious shortcoming of renewable power, which is that you...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...commercial HVAC systems. During warmer days, an ERV system pre-cools and dehumidifies while in the winter season ERV systems humidify and pre-heat incoming air ...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...commercial and residential water conservation measures immediately. And THAT cheery preamble, is actually to lay the groundwork about an innovative and award-wi...

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil
Flooring and stairs

Sanding your own wood floors

...commercial floors. If you've used one in any other application you could give it a try, but sanding floors might not be the best place to learn. They have a ver...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...commercial installations, the most common application for solar air heaters seems to be supplemental heat for individual rooms, like an addition, a workshop, ga...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...commercial warehouse floor; any additional finishing sealer will peel and chip if it sees a lot of heavy use. Applying an additional sealer is an option for res...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...Commercial (Business or Mercantile), Assembly, Educational, Institutional C. Light Industrial (Factory, Storage) Pedestrian-oriented communities are optimiz...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...commercially available, it deserves a mention. Researchers at Washington State University have developed a rigid cellulose foam insulation panel that one day we...

"The Boneyard" in Arizona, the world’s biggest aircraft graveyard
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Old airplane fuselage is finding a new life as recycled building material.

...commercially viable repurposing process, aviation aluminum has been overlooked until very recently. © Bio-Luminum CoveringsETC is a Fl...

DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Wood and organic materials

Two new options of mass timber panels

The commercial construction sector has warmly embraced cross-laminated timber (CLT) in recent years, taking advantage of it as the base structure, but also as ...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...commercial use. Increasing the yield through reflection could make that an even more affordable energy supply option. Most of the advances in solar power prod...