Ice on windows / Guides

Icicles are an indication of heat loss, which can cause damage to insu
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter troubleshooting - are you ready for the cold? Warm humid air meeting a cold surface will leave behind condensation, and in some cases it will turn to ice. This is particularly noticeable durin...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...ons of the ice increases, it breaks the bonds in the lattice, causing the ice to melt. Only when the ice has completely melted will your newly-formed puddl...

cold climat sk
Windows and doors

Skylights: an asset or a liability?

...ondensation on it? Does it only seem to 'leak' in cold months even when there is no snow? Those are indications that the solution may be found o...

Solariums in cold climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...on © Lindal Additions via Flickr Passive heating - expectations vs reality: The concept and common sales pitch for...

Indoor hydroponic vegetable garden
Food production

Growing food indoors

...on the earth, but the environmental benefits of this system go beyond the elimination of fuel used to transport our consumables. Growing food hydroponicall...

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

...on of showers and aerators on faucets that allows the gas to escape from the water. Aeration to remove radon from water: Traditionally, radon would be...

Choosing between renovating and rebuilding
Wall assemblies - renovation

Renovating or tearing down and starting over

...on’t see a use for them yourself, pop a ‘free windows’ notice on an online classified listing site and someone may come get them. See our pages on choosing wind...

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

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...on, transportation and manufacturing. The reason for building a more efficient house is to either save money, save energy, or both. If the construction of ...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...onable for the coming generation, many people are looking for ways to be less reliant on conventional energy supplies in the future. Firewood and other biomass ...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...on a small lot in downtown Toronto, And beyond its intention to have extremely healthy indoor air quality, it would have no connection to the electrical grid, m...

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 service. Double wall construction © Bala Structures On the inside of this 2x8 wall is the polyethylene air/vapour barrier. Inside of that is...