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Living green roof installation on the Edelwiess house
Roof coverings

DIY green roof installation video

...DIY Green Roof Installation The following DIY green roof video shows the steps needed to ensure your green roof will not leak. Watch more Green Building Guide videos from EcoHome on YouTube here The most common building material used for roofing in North America is asphalt shingles, and because of their poor ...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

Framing lumber choices for building homes Framing lumber, also known as structural wood, is the grade of wood used for house framing (studs, Larsen Trusses for Double-Stud walls , headers, roof trusses and floor joists, etc. as well as in timber frame construction). Its technical characteristics make it perfectly su...

DIY air exchanger installation video
HRV and ERV

DIY Lunos HRV air exchanger installation video

...house. Lunos is a decentralized system with a series of self-contained units, each with their own ceramic heat exchange core. They work in pairs blowing in opposite directions to maintain air pressure, and reversing directions every 90 seconds or so, which is how they absorb and release heat. The video should give yo...

Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?
Insulation and soundproofing

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster?

...houses now with spray foam will do the same atmospheric harm as was done by 1 house in the past. You don't need to be a mathemagenius to know that's a pretty impressive improvement. So we do extend a big thanks at least to Demilec, for being 4 years ahead of the curve. All the good stuff aside, there are still ecolog...

Deck Construction, 10 Top Tips for Building Decks
Decks, porches and gazebos

Building a deck ? 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...DIYer; you can either dig a wide hole with a shovel, or rent a gas powered or hand posthole digger. Find out the recommended local depth to get below the frost line and start digging. Drop a Sonotube (cardboard form) in the hole, level it, back fill it, and start mixing concrete. The one type of soil that may cause y...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...house, see here . The Demo House has triple-glazed argon-filled wood frame windows from Quebec high performance window manufacturer Elite . Windows on the north, east and west have been selected for maximum insulation, and differ from windows on the south which have been selected for maximum heat gain. see here to kn...

Snowboarder, Mike, Basich's, off-grid cabin in the woods with hot tub
Tiny house

Off-grid tiny house in the heart of the Sierras.

Snowboarding pioneer and photographer Mike Basich built himself an epic Tiny off-grid cabin. Without a bedroom or bathroom per se, but equipped with a hot tub and chairlift, this gorgeous Tiny House is most perfectly situated in the heart of the Sierras. © Mike Basich Basich began his career ...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...house gases (GHGs), some panels from China release sulphur, which can corrode copper wires and has negative health implications for home occupants. It’s best to buy local when you can, and certainly when there are health implications on the line as well. Barn boards for interior wall finishing Reclaimed barn boards...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...House via Wikimedia As you move into the area of active heat-storage systems, one of the more common types of thermal battery (not that there are a lot of them) is a huge water tank buried in the ground that is heated by solar thermal panels. Even this type of system is not new, the first house in the United Stat...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...house, see here . Composite wood siding products Composite wood siding © Céline Lecomte Composite wood refers to the repurposing of waste wood into usable siding products. Small chips and sawdust can be steam pressed into a very close likeness of actual wood siding, including the addition ...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...house with green credentials yourself cheaper than hiring builders? A reasonably skilled builder or handyperson may think that there are a ton of savings to be had if they build an entire sustainable house themselves, by taking on tasks and trades that they don’t yet have experience in . Go ahead and do it for the ex...