How to build a greenhouse / Guides

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...an insulating layer of air in between. The insulated greenhouse is heated with a reclaimed forced-air furnace that is that activated automatically by a thermostat when the temperature drops below the established threshold. The heating system stops automatically when the control temperature is reached. To compare Gr...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...al Mass An extremely important part of solar greenhouse design is planning enough thermal mass , either via water, masonry or soil underground. This can be as simple as adding water barrels or you can upgrade by incorporating a Ground to Air Heat Transfer ( GAHT) system . Even a small greenhouse collects as much as 6...

A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

...and a real head turner, but pulling a greenhouse down the highway for the two months it takes a tomato to grow so you can make a sandwich, to us does not fall within the parameters of 'green home building'. Mobile Tiny house with attached greenhouse Granted, if you have a piece of land where you can park it for...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...a fantastic way to start a passive solar home , as your entire floor surface consists of several inches of thermal mass to absorb heat. A slab is a great place to bury electrical work, plumbing, central vacuum tubes, phone and internet lines, speaker wires, and most importantly, tubing for radiant floor heat . A slab...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...a foundation wall. Slab floors also easily accommodate radiant floor heating, which offers a very balanced and comfortable environment, transforming the concrete mass into one big radiator. One of the great advantages of radiant floor heat is that the further you get from anything radiating heat (imagine a woodstov...

60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)
Renewable energy

Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

...adget that is an easy way to be eco-friendly, and looks like fun too, then we love passing it along. Hence this post on the bicycle generator - rather than drive to a gym to get your exercise, how about having a pedal-powered phone charger at home? Pedal powered electricity generation Talk about a way to ease any d...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...an automated mill that cut the plywood wall components to an accuracy of within 1 mm, and allowed pieces to be friction fit during assembly. "With such a fine tolerance of accuracy, we were able to achieve complex curvature that would be too complicated to do in any other way", says Hayward, who goes on to compare th...

Climate change impact of diet
Lifestyle and environment

how your diet affects climate change

...anic, humane and grass-fed eggs and dairy Organic, humane and grass-fed eggs and dairy have a lower environmental impact than what comes out of large-scale production facilities. Grass-fed and pasture-raised animal products have also been shown to be more nutritious and bear less risk of bacterial contamination than ...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...affordable heating system for a house, and the most sustainable for the future. Is buying a new gas furnace a good idea? A gas furnace may last anywhere from 15 to 30 years, but the average life expectancy is 20 years. Also, choosing to add gas to a home means adding additional energy infrastructure, and with that ...

Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables for Homes & Apartments
Food production

Food & Greens can be grown easily indoors - here's how!

...a seed; they are extremely healthy and some go from seed to ready to eat within 5 days. They are something of a ‘gateway crop’ to a full-on gardening addiction because they are tasty and healthy, and once you discover how fast and easy they are to grow, you’re going to want a whole farm. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggerat...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...How solar air heaters work: Solar air heater diagram © Ecohome The above diagram indicates the basic concept of a solar air heater, and while there are many designs, the basic principle is the same - a small fan feeds interior air into a south-facing wall-mounted panel. Air is heated as it passes behind a black...