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Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Solar photovoltaic

Flexible PV 'solar glitter' panels coming soon

...flexibility opens up countless other possibilities including wearable solar panels, and panels for satellites that can be folded up for launch and unfolded to put them into operation. According to Murat Okandan, CEO of mPower Technology, conventional solar panels "are brittle because they're crystalline". He goes on ...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...flex to it, and since houses naturally shift, it is quite common for cracks to form. On the upside, homes built with lath and plaster have a lower incidence of mold, as there is no paper surface to wick up any humidity - but insect attack can lead to walls disintegrating before your eyes. Lath and plaster walls wer...

Using caulk to make a seal, but which type is best?
Air and vapour barriers

Which is the best caulk or sealant for caulking windows and bathrooms etc?

...flex, what we are often after with caulking is flexibility (which brings durability), and it is often the toxic elements in caulk that brings those characteristics. To safeguard the air in your home when you’re working on the interior, look for water-based caulking whenever possible. For those who are quite sensitive...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...flexible housing: Depending on the stage you are at in your life, you might have kids, they might be gone or you might want to have some in the future. Design floor plans that work for you right now but can be easily adapted to accommodate different family dynamics in the future. Flexible housing starts with a basi...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...Houses Worth it? Are Tiny houses a good investment? That depends on your lifestyle and how well you build them. Here are some things to think about before you join the Tiny House Movement and commit to life in an extremely small space. We have featured a number of tiny houses on our pages over the past few years, mos...

Under bed storage
Interior design and furnishing

Storage ideas for small spaces

From underneath a bed, under a subfloor or the underside of the staircase, there are many underutilized areas in a home that can make life in a small home a lot less cluttered. Here are some ideas on how to transform dead space into storage space. Use the bottom of the bed as a storage with drawers on wheels...