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Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...generation is resilience and personal security by being able to run the systems of your home in the case of grid failure. That brings us to the elephant in the room - storing power affordably, safely, and with limited environmental impact. Feeding power back into the grid can be something of an effective 'storage' so...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...generation. Not long ago houses were half the size, while families were twice the size or more. Bringing down our square footage per person is crucial to sustainable housing. So it’s time to rethink home design, and bring it in line with current environmental and population realities. Don't panic, living green doesn'...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...generation market and take the burden off governments to be solely responsible for moving towards renewable energies. Solar Roof shingles are far more resistant to impact than conventional roof coverings, as seen in the image below. ​ Tesla solar roof tile impact test © Tesla Our r...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

...generation,” he said. “Lots of writing on the millennials suggests that our suburban growth model perpetuated over the last 50-60 years is starting to come to and end. They (students) aren’t interested in being tied down with rent or a mortgage right after college. Something about having their own living space which is...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...generation features. Given that this is where the energy performance of your home is determined, it is also where the greatest amount of points can be achieved. Materials & Resources (16 points) During both construction and operation, buildings generate a lot of waste and use large quantities of materials and natur...

Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop
Kitchens

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

...generation of laminate countertops for kitchens & bathrooms merits a second look when building or renovating sustainably for a greener home, see here for details . Now you've learned about the sustainable ECO countertop from Cosentino, for more help in choosing other types of sustainable & green countertops for k...

Tiny Tack House living room
Tiny house

The tiny house movement: Tiny Tack House

...generation, carries its own water, has a full kitchen and bathroom, but is also capable of plugging into the grid at an RV Park if need be. The Tacks are currently running their home on 100% solar power and loving it. This is not an entirely common lifestyle, but Chris and Malissa are by no means alone. The Tiny Hous...

LED filament bulbs
Lighting

All about LED filament bulbs

...generation of filament bulbs Arron Birkland Green Building Advisor

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...generation or thermal solar for heat collection. Both are complicated systems that will likely include some moving parts that will eventually, without fail.... fail. Passive solar design on the other hand is simply common sense. Just figure out where the sun is, and point your windows at it. You can pick up a lot of ...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...generation Standard practices in residential construction are long overdue for re-evaluation and improvement. The energy needed to operate new homes reflects the cheap oil prices of days long gone, and does not reflect today's realities of climate change, resource depletion and the rising cost of energy. Homeowners...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...generation leads to a lot of line loss during transmission. Micro-power generation can greatly reduce that; it also decentralizes power so less people are affected if one source goes down. Resilient home design: Achieving autonomy and resilience in home construction is not only possible, but contrary to popular opi...