How to build a green roof / Guides

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...

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...

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...

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

...alett as an effective way to increase total exterior wall R-values to Passive House standard easily taking a standard code compliant R-24 wall up to a R-52 high...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...to manage with less square footage than us, and a full size hot water heater takes up valuable real estate in small apartments. Practical applications around ...

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

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...as that all mechanical equipment had to be simple, locally accessible and able to be installed by local trades people. A secondary suite was integrated into t...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...to modify the standard and apply it to projects abroad, therefore this will be available to Canadian builders. They also plan to explore ways to implement sma...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...akes sense that we work to ensure healthy indoor air quality. Many building materials contain chemicals that are extremely harmful when inhaled and can lead to ...

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

...al, plumbing, and data cabling. This wall is also insulated with Roxul batts. Finally, a standard layer of sheetrock covers the interior walls. A big advantage ...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...ally hard to say; there are so many variables and criteria to consider. Eidelweiss is a simply designed yet elegant Scandanavian feel, passively heated slab-o...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...away (similar to how denial is supposed to help climate change go away). Doesn't it? Oh... But in certain areas of the US, to avoid catastrophic urban and agr...