Greenhouse in a cold climate / Guides

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...are two main types of greenhouses to consider - those attached to a home and accessed by an interior door (which can also be used as a solarium and which are incorporated in Earth-ships with varying levels of success in cold climates ), and free-standing greenhouses that are intended primarily for cultivating plants an...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...and heat during the winter months. You can do this by choosing a glazing material with a high light-transmittance , like clear glass, on vertical South faces. For maximum performance, you can also angle South-facing glazing to increase light transmittance in the winter (shown below). Find out more about which glazing i...

A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

...are building minimally-insulated Victorian-like homes and pulling them down the highway with back porch swings and roosters on weather vanes spinning at 5000 RPMs. You might as well be pulling an open parachute. We need to call a spade a spade folks; this is a cute, but it also makes for a particularly high-carbon fo...

Climate change impact of diet
Lifestyle and environment

how your diet affects climate change

...ation in Indonesian and Malaysian rainforests, hence endangering several animal species including orangutans. Sunflower and safflower are the best bets for low-impact cooking oils as they are generally GMO–free and have a relatively low consumption of water in their growing history. The impact of meat on climate ch...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...ates. However, it's a very different story in Canada or cold climates! Here is what you can realistically expect from a solarium during each season in a cold northern or central mainland USA climate: Winter days: even in the dead of winter, a solarium will heat up significantly , so much so that it may probably even ...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...athing was installed leaving a 1/8th inch gap at the seams to provide additional drying capability of the walls along with providing room for sheathing to expand without buckling. This protects our exterior air barrier membrane ( Delta Vent SA ) and prevents any risk of walls warping. The weak points in any air barri...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...as in about 2005 when this design improvement happened (which was decades after basement insulation was already standard practice), he speaks as if insulating below grade thermal mass walls was his own idea, and gave home insulation a new name - Thermal Wrap . "If the Earthship were a gasoline engine, Thermal Wrap an...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...a foundation wall. Slab floors also easily accommodate radiant floor heating, which offers a very balanced and comfortable environment, transforming the concrete mass into one big radiator. One of the great advantages of radiant floor heat is that the further you get from anything radiating heat (imagine a woodstov...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...are not, so, moving on… There is an after-market window treatment product that can be applied to windows that blocks Infrared rays and the heat they bring. Sketch Nanotechnologies has developed a transparent coating called SketchNanoGard Thermal , that is rolled on as a liquid to the glazing of windows and acts as a ...

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

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...arket was the lead/acid variety. The unfortunate realities of their size, cost, lifespan, material composition and lack of recyclability made installing one less of a noble gesture and more of a move towards self-preservation (not that there's anything terrible about that). This is actually changing now - lead/acid bat...

Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables for Homes & Apartments
Food production

Food & Greens can be grown easily indoors - here's how!

...a seed; they are extremely healthy and some go from seed to ready to eat within 5 days. They are something of a ‘gateway crop’ to a full-on gardening addiction because they are tasty and healthy, and once you discover how fast and easy they are to grow, you’re going to want a whole farm. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggerat...