How to build a greenhouse / Guides

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

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...an 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 m...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...abric with an insulating layer of air in between. The insulated greenhouse is heated with a reclaimed forced-air furnace that is that activated automatically ...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II in Vancouver, BC
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) Measures the Environmental Benefit of the LEED Certification Program.

...an green space and mitigate storm water flows in urban areas. See our DIY Green roof installation video here. In a statement issued by the Canada Green Buil...

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?

...and heating but hey, it's a start! Bhargava and his team developed this bicycle generator to take advantage of the mechanical energy created by humans to solv...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...ade design: Given that you are committing a certain area of the main floor to mechanical systems, this is as good a time as any to plan some storage, and maxi...

Climate change impact of diet
Lifestyle and environment

how your diet affects climate change

...ans and lentils! Organic, humane and grass-fed eggs and dairy Organic, humane and grass-fed eggs and dairy have a lower environmental impact than what comes...

LEED Silver mid-rise in Gatineau, QC.
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Sustainable building practices create prosperous communities

...an standard constructions and use 66 per cent less electricity. Meanwhile, around 51 per cent less potable water is used compared to an average Australian bui...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...a place in the history books but it should also stay there, or at least stay far away from Canada. For any design to really compete in Canada as a low-carbon ...

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 ...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Passive solar home design

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...acted slab on grade base © Ecohome A plate packer was used to tamp the ground in stages to ensure a solid base, as seen above. A retaining wall was built us...

Ssolar air heater
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 ...

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