How insulation works / Guides

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...insulation, but it's no more a 'natural phenomenon' or 'living breathing organism' than a normal basement with exterior foam insulation . Unfortunately for ma...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...how to show them the door... Below is a list of some of the more common rodents and insects that invade homes, and some ideas on how to rid yourself of the of...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...insulation, and even one that had in-floor heat with no insulation at all. The one with no insulation could still be made comfortable, but at an astronomical he...

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...how a home or community performs on a great day, but also how it will perform when times get tough. How will it handle excessive rain or powerful storms? River ...

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?

...how to use Dense-packed cellulose insulation in double stud walls correctly here And for amusement purposes, here is how plywood is actually made:

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

Replacing polyethylene vapour barriers with latex paint vapor control

...insulation. In hot climates like the southern U.S. for example, it should be installed on the outside of the insulation. In both cases, the vapour barrier is ...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...How Aerobarrier works: Using standard blower-door testing equipment, a house is pressurized to between 50 and 100 Pascals. Aerosol nozzles are placed through ...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...how to deal with high levels of radon in existing homes with no mitigation system in place. Below we outline radon mitigation solutions on a case-by-case basis,...

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

...How can I reduce the cost of heating my swimming pool? ” There are clearly two factors here – just like when heating a home. On one hand we need to consider h...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...howerheads are worth the money, and you won't notice the difference except in your wallet Low-flow showerheads: Switching to a low-flow efficient showerhe...

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

...insulation. Into this space a layer of 3.5" Roxul batt insulation was laid down covering the entire bottom of the ceiling cavity. Loose cellulose insulation w...