How it works / Guides

Electric scooter for commuting

The Scrooser: Electric e-bike / scooter for urban commuting

...It works with an Impulse Drive that is literally kickstarted by it's rider as the engine engages when the scooter reaches speeds over 3 km per hour. The Scrooser not only got legs through Kickstarter, the crowd sourced financing website for independent projects, it exceeded it's funding goal by more than 60K. ...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them, it can be a safety issue, so be sure it cannot drop on any common traffic areas. Covering an entire roof with a waterproof membrane is a practice that seems to have taken hold over the last 15 years or so; this will certainly solve ice damming problems, but it requires a significant investment of cash that wou...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet? us the opportunity to stand behind this thing with confidence if it really works as they claim. For example - were the company to run a test for a month or so in a particular city (or better yet multiple cities), with a turbine placed at a proper height, and measure the energy collected, it would give some idea of w...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...ity and worker satisfaction. How passive solar heating and cooling works: There are two dates that form the cornerstone of passive solar design, December 21st and June 21st when the sun is at its highest and lowest points. In Passive Solar design, window size and placement along with overhangs and shading are det...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...ither frost or water collecting. A little bit of frost forming is not unusual after really low nighttime temperatures, and it isn't a huge problem if it is able to melt and evaporate so that the wood can dry. However, it becomes a more serious problem when the quantity of frost isn't able to evaporate before more sta...

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 ?

...ity ordinances. You don’t need to submit plans for the structure itself, the plans you submit would need to be for the pad and service hookups, inspectors aren’t looking at the unit itself or its construction method and quality. A moveable tiny house can be permitted and installed on your property in as little as 9...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...its durability and versatility. It is completely permeable to and unharmed by moisture, so there is less risk of damage during installation as well as during its operational life. It is hydrophobic (meaning it will not absorb water and moisture), so it can get wet without causing great concern. Once it dries it will ma...

Grey Water Recycling Never Looked Better
Greywater Recycling

Greywater recycling never looked better

...ith the recycled water, the light is green. If not, the light is red and a fresh flushing option is available. It’s as simple as that. Though the value of Jang Wooseoks design is certainly rooted in it's function, the style elements of the Eco Bath are what put it firmly over the top. With its clean lines, thin compo...

Keyhole Garden

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...ith four stakes then weave a basket style wall with ropes and reeds. Whatever method you choose, my advice would be to keep it simple and use materials that you have easy access to. Once the center tower has been built, fill the bottom of it with fist-sized rocks for drainage. This will be the centre of your garden a...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...ith engineered I-joists attached to the outside of a stud or brick wall, which then creates a cavity that can be filled with additional insulation . You can add batt insulation, dense pack cellulose, rigid insulation panels or spray foam if you choose (spray foam is our least favorite but it can be done so we mention i...

MIBOP energy modeling software from Mindscape Innovations
Concept and design

Free online energy modeling from Mindscape Innovations

...ithin both industry and academic circles as an excellent research tool. A limited version can be explored by the general public, but only Certified Energy Advisors (CEA) have access to a final EnerGuide rating. HOT2000 has robust modeling capabilities, however, the user experience can be tedious for CEAs, and downrig...