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Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...housing units must meet an affordable housing standard. Provisions must be in place for these units to remain affordable through time. Access for those with physical disabilities must be safeguarded through designs meeting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Gu...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...Housing Corporation), you must not pour concrete into a frozen formwork. In addition, the concrete must be kept at a temperature greater than 10°C for the three-day curing period following its installation to ensure correct strength and surface finish without frost damage. When you are ready to begin pouring the conc...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...housing market. You can increase the value of your home while at the same time reducing its operating costs. Be sure to have a home properly inspected before purchase so you aren’t buying a nightmare, and see about getting a prioritized list from a home inspector so you know which issues need immediate attention, whi...

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

...Housing management bodies and other representative or Indigenous service delivery organizations with formal partnerships with Indigenous governments or organizations These applicants may be eligible to register multiple homes, including homes that are not the owner’s primary residence. The home registered must be: ...

Can I legally put a Tiny House on my Property?
Tiny house

How can I put a Tiny House on my property legally in the USA ?

...housing trend, so before you look for tiny homes for sale near you, read this article . Right now most cities make them legal as ‘accessory dwelling units’ or ADUs. The next phase will be to push for Tiny Houses to be stand alone units on smaller lots, or bunched together as a part of a Tiny House community. Just lik...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...Housing Research Center) In Fairbanks, Alaska. Walls are framed and sheathed, with the inclusion of a stick-and-peel exterior membrane to control air and moisture movement, and it does so exceptionally well. With the inclusion of cavity insulation, the vapour barrier in a REMOTE wall is nicely sandwiched about 1/3 of...

Preventing radon gas in homes starts with testing for radon - the only sure way
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Radon Gas Awareness - Up to 10% of North American homes tested have unsafe radon levels

...housing design provides a relatively airtight environment we are exposed to much higher levels than in the drafty homes of the past. In North America, combined figures from the EPA and Health Canada indicate that around 25000 people die directly from accumulative Radon exposure per year - and even more worryingly that ...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...Housing Corporation (CMHC) estimated at around 230 m3 the annual water heating savings achieved with a gas-fired instantaneous water heater; at a cost per cubic metre of natural gas at $0.30, this represented annual savings of $69. If the average additional expenditure of a gas-fired instantaneous water heater were $...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...housing but in the future could be used for aging family members, or the current homeowners when their children and their families live in the home. Education and information sharing: We have opened up the home to the public annually since 2015 for the Ecosolar home tour; so far over 800 people have viewed the home. ...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Project Canada
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...housing. The minimum envelope requirements of the 2014 R-2000 Standard will be applied in order to ensure the envelope and other long-term elements are well addressed before renewable energy technologies are used to reduce conventional energy use. Non-R-2000 builders can enter the pilot by using this process and this...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...housing industry. Read more here about other hemp building materials on the market and why they are sustainable. Hardwood flooring companies will on occasion use wood reclaimed from river beds , recycled barn boards, or renewable building materials such as bamboo, but this hemp flooring from a Tennessee manufac...