How to build a green roof / Guides

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

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...alled an ice dam, and it can cause water to backup beneath shingles and Ice dams cause damage to walls and roof structures. How to know if you have an Ice dam...

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles installation just got easier
Solar photovoltaic

Tesla solar roof gains ground with target of 1000 solar roofs / week

...at. That’s one of the cheapest roofs available. So you can have a great roof with better economics than a normal fairly cheap roof and your utility bill.” Aga...

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?

...aging contractors to help, that spray foam will also work to seal air leaks and add insulation. In the unfortunate situation of having no air barrier but a trus...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...anually adjustable (move it twice a year for summer and winter optimal angle) and automatic trackers. Read here about how to choose between solar trackers and f...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...al assistance is available. Built Green (Alberta, B.C., and Ontario): Originally developed by the Alberta Home Builder’s Association, Built Green is a Canad...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...ated and any addition to that can be a foreign concept to lot of builders. Having a heated floor is not an argument against greater insulation, it is actually...

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...a valuable one, is that you also avoid having to factor in the durability of roofing materials and the cost of removing and replacing panels to access a roof th...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...an aspect that you are really not familiar with, you can always find a subcontractor on your own to get past intimidating hurdles. To learn more about Green b...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...at arena. Straw is a natural and non-toxic material; raw wood and concrete are equally benign, so this could be a good start to creating a healthy home. To re...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...an easily frame a wooden roof to carry the added weight of soil on a green roof, and wood is renewable, usually local, and more sustainably harvested than metal...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...all along with the large openings to facilitate natural light and passive solar heat gain meant the headers we needed were massive, making these walls absolutel...