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Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...rating of 63 watts per solar shingle with a conversion-efficiency rating between 14.7% and 15.3%. Costs & Warranty comparison for Certainteed Apollo solar shingles Install price: $4.90 per Watt Installation and workmanship warranty: 25 years. Power output warranty: 25 years. Inverter and other components: 1...

Vapor retarder latex primer instead of polyethylene sheet
Air and vapour barriers

Replacing polyethylene vapour barriers with latex paint vapor control

...homes (see related articles below). The traditional approach to preventing water vapor from penetrating walls in homes is a 6 mil polyethylene vapour barrier, or 'vapor barrier' for our southern neighbours. This is an ideal building practice in the extreme northern communities of Canada, less so as you come further s...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...home build comes down to effective and timely project management, not just the skill of the building professionals who help to build your new dream sustainable home. The market for building high-performance sustainable homes is changing rapidly, so it is never too early to find out what is trending in green home cons...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...homes from the 70's, especially some of the passive solar designs of that time . There were terms like Trombe walls, usage of large water tanks for thermal mass, ' Earthships ' with greenhouses inside the home, and more. There was a great deal of experimentation going on in building innovative and green homes for the...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...rating system because it contains high percentages of recycled content. That said, steel manufacturing, even with high levels of recycled content, remains one of the most energy intensive industrial sectors. Yes, but wood means destroying forests! That point is legitimate. Indeed, a cut tree will no longer produce ...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...home rating system? No, probably not, but thankfully, this isn't one. This is a service we provide where building envelopes are optimised for home building professionals or homeowners by Passive House & LEED trained engineers to provide a clear sense of how their homes will perform, and where improvements are best ma...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...home cooler in summer and warmer in winter while saving a ton of money. Remember, Insulation is the gift that keeps on giving, long after that fancy new central air conditioning system needs major servicing or replacement. Why are old homes with air-con in great shape while new ones rot? A century ago, houses were ...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...home, this is why in the LEED rating system you will see references to 'drought resistant ' and 'native species ' in terms of landscaping. Water is a quickly dwindling resource and Canadians and Americans are the highest per capita consumers of water in the world. So anything we can do to reduce water use for decorat...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...system with a Heat Pump Pool Heater backup, the combination of the two systems will be the best, most economical system available. 6) Choose the best t ime of Day for Heating to Run: Setting the timer to run HPPH around noon helps to lower energy costs . On systems with a Heat Pump Pool Heater (HPPH) for 100% of th...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...home renovation industry as better homes attract a premium price. Interesting to note also that in Europe where this has been adopted, poorly performing homes have significantly dropped in value. Ecohome lives in hope of seeing the day when a homes' Energy Efficiency Rating is more important than whether it has grani...

Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...system for basement ventilation & Mold prevention - EcoHome Guide How much insulation does a basement need - EcoHome Guide 'How to build basements that don't stink' - Dr. John Staube, University of Waterloo