Earthships in Canada / Guides

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...in northern USA; first un-insulated, the second insulated to meet Building Code (R10) and the third insulated to R20, the minimum we would recommend in Canada or colder States for comfort and a good return on investment. Modelled using a 4-inch concrete floor, you can see that in the first image on the left (un-insul...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...interesting facts we’re going to give to persuade even the most sceptical climate-change naysayer. Building for a changing climate is a smart idea The IECC* climate zone map of the US and Canada that was developed in the early 2000s used existing data to develop and update minimum building codes and create guidelin...

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 comfort and improve efficiency but consider selecting a low-e glazing that will prevent overheating most of the time, unless shading is readily available; be diligent with maintenance of the junctions between the frame and glazing; install a heat pump to reduce heating and cooling costs in winter while ensurin...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...ing the building becoming a furnace once the setting sun reaches deep into the house (balance). Choosing the right windows for a Passive House is key. Heat gain mustn’t be offset by losses caused by badly insulated glass or air leakage due to poor window frame installation (see how to improve window installation for Pa...