Earthships don't work in cold climates / Guides

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...increase the overall humidity levels in your home, for an idea of the principles involved, see why earthships don't work in cold climates here . All that said, the appeal of solariums or a greenhouse in winter is pretty strong, so for those determined to bask in a warm sunny enviroment, here is a guide detaling the b...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification in other climates. PHIUS’s engineers - struggling to establish the program in North America - quickly realized that expecting a building in the Yukon to have the same annual heating load as a building in Hawaii just wasn’t realistic. That is why, in collaboration with the Building Science Corporation and the US ...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...ings in colder climates seem to include wood stoves. Power is generated onsite by photovoltaic solar panels and wind, propane is typically used for cooking, and in colder climates water heating. Rainwater is collected, stored in large plastic cisterns and filtered for residential use; waste water is treated on site...

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

...ings that didn't work, causing things such as mold in homes and massive overheating in the summer. Looking on the internet also meant discovering lots of books and equipment for off-grid living , that is interesting to browse through. While there were a lot of interesting ideas here, clearly I was going to need fur...