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A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

Design basics for 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 high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...house replaced an old home that was no longer able to fulfill its function. The architectural concept for the new home was simple: open, flexible, efficient (al...

Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Solar photovoltaic

Flexible PV 'solar glitter' panels coming soon

...flexible materials, and deploy it faster in lighter-weight, larger-area modules.” So there you have it, solar power on the fly - charge your devices easily wh...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...house size: Canadians on average have a living space of 700 square feet per person, a number that has quadrupled in a generation. Not long ago houses were hal...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...house: We just can’t stress this enough — a smaller house is a more efficient house. A smaller house means less land to excavate, less materials to manufactur...

Students at New Frontiers School Board to build LEED home to be donate
LEED Homes

Quebec carpentry students to build LEED house for Habitat for Humanity

...house fits in with its future neighbourhood and that it is affordable to build and operate. Ordinarily, a Habitat for Humanity house has a family picked out b...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...flexible design. The underlying goal of the Ecohome Demo House was to design and build a modestly-sized but functional home that would greatly outperform conv...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...House sustainability features include: Efficient design: Open concept layout maximizes floor space. Reduced material consumption: Timber frames use less w...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...house on expansive clay soil, and by building a raft slab we saved money by not requiring any soil remediation. Read more about our Wakefield house solar air he...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...house wall reaches a humidity level greater than 15% the chances of insect or mold attack increase significantly. This should be kept in mind when installing wi...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...house or in the garage or shed. Basements usually house mechanical rooms. Keep this in mind during the design phase should you choose a slab, as mechanical sy...