Costs / Guides

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

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

...costs but also performance).Thin film solar panels either use cadmium (a very toxic heavy metal) or rare earth metals from the copper family that have enormous environmental repercussions due to extraction. The price for consumers is cheaper but the environmental cost is higher. Standard Monocrystalline or polycrysta...

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

...Costs & Warranty comparison for Dow Powerhouse solar shingles Install price: $3.89 per Watt Product warranty: 11 years. Weather-performance warranty: 25 years. Certainteed Apollo solar shingles in review: Certainteed Apollo solar shingles make for an integrated solar roof mechanically if not aesthetical...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...costs. However, moving parts fail; therefore, your maintenance costs may be higher as well. This is definitely a discussion worth having, and a good reason to ensure that there is a good warranty if you go with a tracking system. Also worth considering, is a pole mount that has room for additional panels beyond your ...

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

Green Building is accelerating around the world

...costs and create a building that holds its value for longer than comparable non-green buildings. Creation of Green Product Markets and Business Benefits As green building has grown, so have the markets for new products, innovations and services. In 2012, 89 percent of global industry professionals report using or s...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...costs on heating as well as cooling. Intensive green roof (with garden): Pros: It blocks UV rays and reduces the heat island effect, offers good acoustic and thermal insulation, and the deeper soil allows for food production and good absorption of rainwater, reducing your storm water runoff. Cons: A vegetable g...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...costs and improved building quality are also the top motivation as discovered in the report for increasing the use of prefabrication and modular construction in the next three years. “ Dodge’s research clearly shows that prefabrication and modular construction are providing significant improvements and efficiencies, ...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...costs are exponentially higher through environmental destruction and the costs that come with it. Depending on the type of product, some used building materials will save you a lot of money and add character to your home, some will at times cost more and add absolutely nothing, except perhaps help ease the burden on ...

Natural swimming pool design DIY (NSP) for eco homes
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural pools and natural swimming pools

...costs more, some will tell you it costs less . Design and complexity will be the biggest factors in determining the cost of a natural pool built by professionals when compared to a conventional chlorinated backyard pool. One great advantage natural pools have over chlorinated pools, is that no further landscaping is re...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...costs for residents and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. I applaud these nation leading efforts" says Chris Higgins, CaGBC Program Leader of LEED for Homes Canada. Building codes for construction should be seen in the same light as minimum wages are for salaries. Neither represents the higher end of their scale, rat...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...costs less for homeowners to purchase. String ribbon solar cells have the same basic composition of polycrystalline solar cells, but are formed out of thin strands of silicon and therefore use less silicon than other traditional solar panels. This process is relatively complex, so the price of string ribbon panels is...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...costs, and save the material and labour costs of framing a new structure. Pre-war homes usually have more divided interiors (as they often housed very large families), but don’t let that instantly dissuade you from re-using the existing structure, as load bearing walls can be removed and replaced with supporting beams ...