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Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...green kit homes that are able to meet Passive House certification standards in North America and attain LEED V4 Platinum Certification in cold climates like Ont...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...green' homes can help save the planet, but some of them may also save the individual. Predictions for the future vary from the ignorantly blissful to the apocal...

Natural gas fireplace
Heating with gas and oil

Heating with natural gas

...green sources of natural gas, but unfortunately some very destructive ones as well. On the bright side, there are biogas projects underway that are harnessing...

The Zoetrope DIY Vertical Wind Turbine Design
Wind power

The Zoetrope: Open Source DIY Vertical Wind Turbine Design

...power, hoping that others might improve the design and functionality. Hence the beauty of open source design. The freely downloadable construction guide include...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...green home renovations and upgrades in the Ecohome Green Home Building Guide pages.

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

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

...power and solar panels, but these are not the defining features of green living. They come in second, and some you can even do without. A green home starts with...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...powerful models might even require a complete revision of your electrical power infrastructure. Modern homes are generally set up with 200 amp / 240 volt electr...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...Green Building Guides , on North America's favorite green building website - EcoHome.net... Videos: For Videos about Passive House construction techniques...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog - energy modeling projections and real performance

...power was 'wasted' than expected, as excess power cannot be saved if it is not used and the batteries are full. I am putting together a system to use some of ...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...powered or hand posthole digger. Find out the recommended local depth to get below the frost line and start digging. Drop a Sonotube (cardboard form) in the hol...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

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

Tesla is a powerful brand that when riding on its track record of Electric Vehicles needs to do little but step into a market to get glowing accolades. Some of...