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Tru Earth Eco strips laundry detergent reviews
Lifestyle and environment

Tru Earth Eco-Strip laundry soap reviewed as a liquid laundry detergent alternative

...Earth laundry detergent strips actually work? We tried these laundry strips to write this review, and this is what we found... Who are Tru-Earth then? But first, the background. Tru-Earth is a company based in British Columbia, Canada , started by 3 like-minded and family-orientated entrepreneurs who saw an opportu...

Can I legally put a Tiny House on my Property?
Tiny house

How can I put a Tiny House on my property legally in the USA ?

...House or Coach House can take up to 24 months to go through the permitting and construction phases. Expect to pay an additional 20 to 30% for soft costs for a tiny house on a foundation rather than hooking up a Tiny House on wheels. Do Tiny House builders need to be RV certified? No, Tiny House builders do not need...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...earth wall panels Another natural interior wall option that brings a lot of thermal mass with it is rammed earth panels. This one you will pay a premium for, but they are a very sustainable and beautiful interior finish. Rammed earth is a building technique using earth mixed with binders to create solid wall panels w...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...house. According to NASA, every day the sun provides the earth with 10,000 times the total energy consumed by humans. A passive solar house is simply one that has been designed to take advantage of that. Passive solar heating is yet another green building design feature that will save you money while improving your...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...Earthships. Instead, an Earthship gets ventilation through what they call earthtubes, and ventilation openings in the roof. In the Earthship Seminar 2009 video, Reynolds speaks of 'ventilation without heat loss' in winter, right before describing how it works - you open the greenhouse skylight and the hot air rushes ...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...earth is no longer influenced by variations in surface temperature, and stays relatively constant at around 8 to 10 C. So the underlying principle of geothermal heating and cooling is to use that consistent interior earth temperature to balance our wildly varying North American & Canadian surface temperatures. With t...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...House © Mark Rosen. These were the kinds of facts I used to recite when people looked at me quizzically; the term “Passive House,” without further explanation, seems to make people visualize a house that will fall down if you punch it. Others confuse it with “passive solar” houses from the 1970s, which often ...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...household could provide their own clean energy requirements for as much as 24 hours . Imagine being able to combine nearly half of your recommended physical activity time with a more cost-friendly, sustainable method of providing your house or personal electronic devices with free electricity! Bicycle generator ©...

Tiny Houses encouraged Washington State for Affordable Housing WA
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Washington State promotes tiny homes & Eco-villages for Affordable Housing in WA

...House Laneway Homes in Toronto or for the latest on laws for tiny houses in California, see here Further reference reading on Tiny Houses & Tiny Home Eco-Villages in Washington State: MRSC Insight Blog: Tiny Houses as a Workable Option to House the Homeless (2017) The Spokesman-Review: Tiny house notion (2019)

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

Insulating a basement is a great idea if it wasn't insulated when built , as before we began insulating foundation walls and below slabs (see slab on grade) , it was generally estimated that basement heat loss accounted for about 1/3 of the total heat loss of a house. It is likely that such an abysmal starting place...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...House The ZEB Pilot house in Norway is a good example incorporating gabion stone cages in home design where they are used to build both interior and exterior walls. This single-family, demonstration house is the result of a collaboration between the architectural and design firm Snohetta and Scandinavia's largest r...