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The Fun Box
Tiny house

The Fun Box! Solar, wind and human powered luxury living

...housing and a keen problem-solving mind. The rising bed of the Fun Box is one of the more impressive small house features we have seen in a while, and best of all it can be done in less time that it would take to make it. Every kid's dream, the bed you don't have to make. Notable features: A king size bed and a...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...housing that promoted community engagement. New zoning regulations for these more modestly sized lots included maximum setbacks to keep homes closer to the street, garages set back rather than being prominent features on the front of the house, and homes needed to have front porches. These simple measures go a long...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare? How could it be optimized?

...Housing Corporation (CMHC) as part of their Healthy Housing Design Competition. What was to be built was a three-bedroom semi-detached home on a small lot in downtown Toronto, And beyond its intention to have extremely healthy indoor air quality, it would have no connection to the electrical grid, municipal water sup...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...housing options for people to live near employment areas, there is less pressure to develop valuable green space in more remote areas. FabCab didn't stop at environmental sustainability; they also strove to achieve social sustainability by designing highly flexible dwellings . From their website: "FabCa...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

There are 8 LEED categories with a total of 136 available points, and a minimum amount is required to achieve certification. This point threshold is determined by the size of the house compared to the amount of bedrooms. To encourage increased housing density, homes with more bedrooms per total square foot have lowe...

An attic with 'insulating paint' which doesn't insulate
Insulation and soundproofing

Does 'insulating paint' work?

...housing market. image via Insuladd Suppliers will also drop a bunch of figures about how it doesn't directly add R value but, by reflecting heat, the paint offers an effective 'boost' to the R value. And they include some very convincing sounding stuff about heat transfer and thermal resistance for good measu...

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...housing industry and change the way we build, the building can’t look like something out of the Jetson’s. The intention is to have this home blend in with the neighbourhood, and really the only tell-tale sign of what’s going on inside would be the solar panels on the roof. This passive solar home will have an odour f...

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

...housing more suited to our climate and lifestyle. To learn more about building science basics, watch the How to Frame a LEED Platinum Wall Assembly Video Guide on t he EcoHome YouTube Channel

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...housing construction. As well, CFI with borate is considered to be more flame resistant than both fiberglass and mineral wool batts (3). The dense packed method in and of itself adds to the flammability resistance. Consider how hard it is to burn a phone book versus burning a single sheet of paper. The lack of air ga...

Healthy Home Offices - Natural Biophilic Design Ideas
Interior design and furnishing

How do you create a healthy home office? With Biophilic Interior Design

...housing your plants, and the framed prints along the wall staring kindly back at you. And to top it off there is a big window letting in the warm morning sunlight. Believe us when we say you will thank us later – and if the mind wanders a little to when we could all roam outside without a second thought, that’s proba...

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?

OSB v Plywood - Which is Best? Odds are, that if you pass a housing development of wood-framed houses, it will have OSB (oriented strand board) as exterior sheathing . When you count sub-floors, roofs and wall sheathing, OSB claims about 70% of the wood sheathing market in North America over plywood. Both products h...