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Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...How well-insulated your home is will determine how comfortable it is and how much you will spend on energy for heating and cooling, and in some respects, how durable it will be. The transfer of heat (or heat loss) occurs in 3 ways: conduction , convection and radiation . Within a home those 3 factors can impact each ...

Electric scooter for commuting
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. ...

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...

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...

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

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...works, 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...

Bullfrog clean power
Renewable energy

Bullfrog Power makes clean renewable energy available to all of us.

...ite. A common question seems to be "How do they ensure the very power I use is green?" They don't, that's not how it works. Even if you have solar panels on your roof, the actual electricity you use is for the most part not the electricity you generated. The bulk of electricity generated by home solar panels happen...

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...

Insulating a Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home with Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...itive Slab-on-grade Technical Guide How to build a slab-on-grade foundation with thickened edge for normal soil conditions Slab on Grade insulated prefabricated ICF form kits, how to build them, what are the advantages?

Earth day celebrations for 50th Anniversary
Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...ities with families in the safety of our own homes and backyards. Here are a few activities to learn yourself, or to pass on to kids – Learn how to grow vegetables in a shady corner of the garden that would otherwise probably sit there doing nothing useful. And for those in apartments and condos without yards, learn ...

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

All about painting brick, is it a good idea and what paint to use?

...it in as little as a few years. So that covers how to repaint and refinish bricks and masonry. T o learn about other home renovation topics such as Siding Types & Costs: Which is Best? How to Choose Siding? , When to replace old Windows when Renovating or How to install siding so walls can dry , visit the Green home ...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...how this technology is being applied throughout Canada and the world. About solar - how it works While the specifics behind solar power are perhaps a bit on the technical side for some homeowners, the basic principles are straightforward and easy to understand. Standard solar panels - or photovoltaics (PV) as they ...