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Warm light and dimmable LED bulbs
Lighting

All about LED bulbs - video

...House , Passive House contruction , Passive solar home design , home lighting design and anything you need to know about sustainable green home construction in ...

Shipping container home
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly?

...house is strong, but so is a solid wood-framed house . There is a common association between container houses and green roofs, partly due to the fact that conta...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

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

...houses on our pages over the past few years, mostly because we like the concept of compact living and the clever multi-functional design aspects that tiny house...

Net Zero Homes - Canada's first certified Net Zero House in BC
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...houses and small multi-unit residential buildings [MURBs] to raise their own standards, and those of the construction industry as a whole. A network of qualif...

A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

...houses The laneway house movement Container houses - Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly? How to build a green house in a c...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...house is not necessarily more expensive than building a house simply to meet provincial building codes. Many new home starts have achieved far superior performa...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...house and yard, a bit less than half of an acre. On the north, west and south sides of the house, this means that the forest begins only 20 feet from the house....

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...house is to either save money, save energy, or both. If the construction of that house requires a significantly larger investment of money and embodied energy, ...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...compact fluorescent or LED lamps . LED are more expensive, but the price is dropping quickly; they last forever and use a fraction of the energy. The quality of...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...house you want to build based on your building plans, and the bank will give you money in portions; they will assess your project in stages to ensure you are on...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...compacted. If the site is sloped at all, bring it up to level with 0-2.5 inch compactable fill, being sure to compact it with a plate packer at the required i...