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Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...Green Roof Plant Supplier Eastern Slopes Rangeland Seeds Green Roof Installer Earthlings Green Roof System Soprema General Contractor Dawson Wallace Roo...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...Green roofs- intensive and extensive: Green roof © Ecohome An intensive green roof, also known as a ‘rooftop garden’ refers to planting areas that have ...

Shipping container home
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly?

...roof to carry the added weight of soil on a green roof, and wood is renewable, usually local, and more sustainably harvested than metal. 4. Health: Containe...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...roof deck on the most south-facing roof. This is for both aesthetic and functional reasons – sleek looking panels lying flush on a roof deck are less obtrusive ...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...intensive greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). This is obviously not a critique of home insulation, but I do question his choice of XPS foam over less environmental...

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

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

...intensive and therefore expensive. They can't handle the humid climate. The risk of water damage during construction is too great. They look like a gnome's hous...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...roofing, not the greatest R value. It's labour intensive during installation, but an absolutely beautiful textured finish. Hemp wall panels are just finding the...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...green building'. and who was recently awarded the Order of Canada for his pioneering contribution to energy-efficient home construction. He was one of the pri...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...Green Building Guides - North America's best green building resource ... To see "How To" Videos about Insulating a Living Green Roof see here

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