Energy efficiency / Guides

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...energy efficiency, durability and occupant health. If you have to, do all this stuff at night when he's not looking. Some other reflections on Earthships around the globe: ''Most intelligent readers have an E.A.S. — that is, an exaggeration alert system (also known as a bullsh*t alarm). Unfortunately, Reynolds’ sta...

The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes
HRV and ERV

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

Why Cleaning HRV Units is a Great Idea! When any machine has its normal operation hampered, it will reduce its efficiency and ability to function properly. Many of us are probably guilty of forgetting about basic maintenance of some of the mechanical equipment in our homes; keeping your HRV (heat recovery ventilator...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

What is the best wall system for a home? We're frequently asked which is the perfect wall system for high-performance LEED , Passive House or Zero Energy Homes , Well, a perfect Answer to that Is, first Ask the Right Questions! - After all, what is the best way to get from one place to another? You have to choose be...

Tru Earth Eco strips laundry detergent reviews
Lifestyle and environment

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

...Efficiency Front-Loader and a regular, older top loader washing machine with agitator. ( Or in other words, we bought two packets, used one at our house and gave one to Mom to try in her machine, and these are the results). Diligently seeking out and reading the instructions was a pleasant surprise because of their s...

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...energy efficiency. Having said all this, it is worth pointing out before we get too far that there are ‘unventilated roof’ designs as well; we will get to that below. An unventilated roof is less common in mainstream construction and is more often seen with vaulted or cathedral ceilings. For the moment this is about ...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...energy efficiency and LEED® certification . For my part, I focused on residential building, and how to develop the best energy-efficient measures for home construction while keeping to a reasonable budget. During this time, I met Benoit Lavigueur, who founded BL Ecoconstruction in 2007. Together we worked on several ...

Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...energy efficiency, as air leakage used to account for about 1/3 the total heat loss of a home. The lack of fresh air leaking in and out when building green homes means radon now collects in homes at higher concentrations and it has become a greater health concern. Radon is colorless and odorless and can be present in...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...energy, storage tanks can reach their maximum temperature early in the day and enter a state of stagnation, creating a high-temperature and high-pressure environment. Flat plate solar collectors can reach temperatures as high as 200°C (395°F), and evacuated-tube collectors can reach temperatures as high as 295°C (563...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...energy efficiency and durability, though it’s not what we would call the most efficient use of time as doing two layers of insulation instead of just one meant double the work. In hindsight it is unlikely we would ever repeat that process, but that’s how we learn! You can see the whole Edelweiss LEED Platinum v4 certif...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...efficiency HRV or ERV and choosing non-toxic building materials and surfaces finishes . So while we quite like living walls, we question claims about their impact on indoor air quality. Simply due to the rate of air leakage in most buildings, it would be difficult for anything short of an airtight house and a virtual...

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

...efficiency. © Flo Chargers Choosing an EV in tune with your Lifestyle: If you do a lot of long-range road trips it may not be your time to switch yet, though if you are a two-vehicle family maybe you will best benefit for now by having one of each, or choosing a hybrid EV. If you drive very seldom, don’t ...