Light tube / Guides

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...Light well with a reflective tube may be a better option than a skylight © Skylights Plus Instead of a skylight, consider a light well There is an alternative to skylights that you may be interested in exploring - light wells . A light well is a sealed tube that can bring natural light far into homes without bein...

Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

...lighting that can illuminate hazards at night and allow you to identify visitors, yet not create light pollution for yourself and neighbours. A light well can bring natural light into a space from several stories above. Different colours of light All sources of light have different colours (light temperat...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...lights on below, anywhere that light comes through, air will be coming through as well. Seal those holes any way you can - tape, caulking, spray foam, acoustic sealant, etc, but do bear in mind that you really must prevent excessive heat build up in light fittings, junction boxes etc. Also worth noting, we wouldn't eve...

Rain barrels for storm water management and rainwater harvesting
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Introduction to rainwater harvesting

...tube or at least a whole where one can be installed. This enables connecting multiple barrels together for additional storage to ensure you can capture as much as you wish (see image below right). Multipe rain barrel system © Ecohome Rain barrels are a popular way to begin rainwater harvesti...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...light problem areas which is a "point and shoot" thermometer that points a green or red light depending if temperature varies over a pre-set amount. Icicles mean heat loss from your roof: Icicles on a roof are caused by heat escaping, pure and simple . So many homes have them that we have grown accustomed to seeing...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...Tube, with a couple of main staple ideas - recycled pop can solar collectors, downspout solar collectors, screen or sheet metal solar collectors. If you don't have it in you to make one yourself, solar air heaters for sale are also available online for purchase with a bit of internet digging. Aside from large commerc...