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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...

Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 3: All about off-grid power generation in off-grid homes

...house, that 48V power coming from the batteries and charge controller is drawn into the inverter, which converts the power into the normal household power found in any home, 120V alternating current, which goes out through a standard breaker panel to the house. The inverter is actually an inverter/charger, so in addi...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...house or a basement. Despite their disadvantages, basements are often very practical since they provide a significant amount of storage space. Without a basement, everything that would have been down there must fit into the rest of the house or in the garage or shed. Basements usually house mechanical rooms. Keep t...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

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

...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 polycrystalline solar panels are so far the best option at the moment, perhaps Tesla has come out with something be...

How to Find & Order In-Stock Essential Products Online COVID-19 & Coronavirus

Life Hacks to help stay Eco during COVID-19 Quarantine & Ordering Online

...Earth laundry strips here ) wipes under Baby Products and in Health & Household, we found a few sanitizers and priority products in personal-care appliances that made some of the team chuckle. Last but not least, Beauty & Personal Care showed up a few surprise items including makeup wipes with alcohol which would pro...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...house. There are two main types of greenhouses to consider - those attached to a home and accessed by an interior door (which can also be used as a solarium and which are incorporated in Earth-ships with varying levels of success in cold climates ), and free-standing greenhouses that are intended primarily for cultiv...

Natural Gas is being phased out - why & when?
Heating with gas and oil

Why Natural Gas is Being Phased Out of New Home Construction (and When?)

...houses used 90% less energy, which is not difficult to make happen, then a minor premium in fuel costs becomes negligible. It has been proven unequivocally that – with a proper design - the premium you would pay for a more energy efficient house is offset by monthly energy savings , so it is actually a cheaper way to...

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...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...earth's crust starts to disintegrate. The gas infiltrates houses through cracks in the slab. Radon exposure is linked to roughly 16% of lung cancer deaths in Canada, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Health Canada advises taking measures to reduce radon levels when radon concentrations exc...