Earthships in cold climates / Guides

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...

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 moderate climates such as in Europe or even in the milder regions of the United States. However, it's a very different story in Canada or cold climates! Here is what you can realistically expect from a solarium during each season in a cold northern or central mainland USA climate: Winter days: even in the dead of ...

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...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification 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...

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...