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Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...homes and those in very cold climates. ASHPs are definitely more cost effective in small, efficient homes and any moderately sized home in temperate climates. ...

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 shi...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...homes certification , Passive House , Net Zero Labelled homes and all other Green Home Rating systems in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages .

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...Home agrees, though we do have "a thing" for non-toxic homes too, especially as high-efficiency homes tend to be more airtight, so the chemicals we choose to us...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...homes. Whether or not a material qualifies as a vapour barrier is determined by the amount of moisture that passes through it, and it is given a rating. Any m...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...home for as long as your home stands, especially if the relative humidity and natural (air leakage) ventilation in the home means that ground floor rooms are le...

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 ...

Choosing between OSB or Plywood for house sheathing for Roofs, Walls & Floors.
Wood and organic materials

Which is better, OSB or Plywood for Roofs, Walls & Floors?

...rating of 2 and plywood has a perm rating of 10 . Those are the perm ratings you will find on many building information websites , though it conflicts with wh...

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

...home is depressurized with a big fan installed in the door (hence the name 'blower door test'). Old leaky homes may have an ACH rating of 10 (or even much highe...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...homes and resilient homes , then the total carbon footprint also comes into play. But regardless of which green countertop you're considering, the final choice ...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...Home posted following the personal experience of Sarah Cobb and William Murray of Rocket Construction Inc. as they built a home in Abercorn, Montérégie, Quebec....