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Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...heating panel that can release air in summer to prevent overheating when the panel isn't actively in use - as "cooking" a panel . You could also apply the principles of passive heating and cooling by placing the panel under the eave where it will have full exposure with the low winter sun but be shaded when the sun i...

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

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...with detailed framing plans courtesy of Kott Lumber, with each wall planned down to the smallest framing member, including a cut list with the length of each piece. This made the framing process go fast and efficiently and reduced our waste, as the wood order matched the requirements of the walls. Kott also provides ...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...heating system paired with an electric boiler with carefully controlled backup heating control system too. This LEED Platinum certified home may be miserly with energy, but it's generous with comfort! Exterior wall assemblies for this beautiful LEED platinum home include: Insulation: 8 in. of semi-rigid mineral...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...heating fuel if you or anyone you know heats their home with wood. Even if you follow the suggestions above, you will likely end up needing a dumpster for all but the smallest of projects. Look for private or municipal recycling centers, and if you are pursuing a green building certification like LEED, the center w...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...heating We use propane to do our domestic hot water heating, with an indirect water heater powered by our propane boiler (see post about our heating system here ). Our boiler has a set of heating loops that come off of it, and one of those loops goes inside the water tank. A heat exchanger consisting of a set of copp...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...with vapor-permeable wood fiber panels , and dense-packed cellulose insulation . Windows are triple-glazed with Low-e coatings for maximum performance and UV protection of interior finishes and furniture. If living in 750 square feet seems just a little too cozy for you, keep in mind that plans can be modified t...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...with mineral wool batts in cavities drywall with latex paint as vapour retarder. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE Interior insulation only: mineral wool board or EPS foam as thermal break against concrete wall 2x4 stud wall with mineral wool batts in cavities drywall with latex paint as va...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...wood-frame walls with polyiso foil-faced insulation panels [with zero HCFCs] eliminates thermal bridging, and helps the walls to achieve R-35. As described earlier, natural ventilation in the summer reduces energy needs for cooling. We sourced some salvaged materials for the beauty they would bring to the project. Th...

The Archipod
Tiny house

Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

...With its circular design, 3' 4" polycarbonate dome roof and gull winged door, it's clear that these pods go beyond functional into the realm of artistic design. Functionality Each Archipod is fitted with an ergonomically semicircular desk that is 2' 4" deep with a curved length of 10' 2" and is available in a range...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...with significant thermal mass inside the building envelope are also easier to keep cool in summer. Affordability: Bringing a building project to the point where it is ready for main floor framing can be done much cheaper with a slab-on-grade than a basement. With a slab, the same milestone is reached without having...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...with Marmoleum which is made of linen, a renewable and natural material that is very durable and does not contaminate indoor air quality. FSC Wood and cellulose insulation : the walls and roof of the house are framed with FSC certified wood and are insulated with cellulose (shredded recycled newsprint ), and wood fib...