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Mixed interior room lighting

Home lighting design 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...

Dirrtt Environmental Solutions, Green Wall
Lifestyle and environment

Green Business Certification Inc. and Canada Green Building Council Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

...WELL Building Standard (WELL) in Canada. The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. It complements other green building rating systems such as LE...

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...

Smart Homes, Technology & UV can Help Keep Families Safer
Cleaning and maintenance

Keep homes cleaner & safer with smart home features & UV light Light switches can come in contact with many different fingers over the course of a day. Switching to smart light switches can mean one point of common contact and a possible surface for virus transmission is eliminated. By using a voice activated home system like Alexa, Google Home or Apple Home Kit, we can...

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

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...light for year-round growth, you want to maximize light and heat during the winter months. You can do this by choosing a glazing material with a high light-transmittance , like clear glass, on vertical South faces. For maximum performance, you can also angle South-facing glazing to increase light transmittance in the w...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...light as well as passive cooling in the summer months. The interior volume is simple and minimally detailed. The space is differentiated by two elements: the structural steel frames, and an interior birch-clad 'box' that houses all of the functional elements of the house including the kitchen, mechanical equipment, a...

A sustainably built, ultra modern and affordable tiny house
Tiny house

NOMAD Micro Home fuelled by crowd funding, takes green building world by storm.

With write-ups in Gizmag, Inhabitat, Tiny House Design, FastCoExist and well, too many other places to recount, one could say it's clear that the green building world is enamoured with this Tiny House gem, and so are we. What's not to love: NOMAD Micro Homes are sustainably manufactured, easy to assemble, affordable, ...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...light bounces off an uneven surface, and predict its dispersion. This makes it possible to predict how light will react with all types of reflectors, even imperfect ones since reflectors do not necessarily behave like mirrors. The model was tested in real-life conditions in Kingston, Ontario and produced impressive r...

Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

...light or daylight, fresh air, views, connection to nature, neighbourhood or community, proximity to transit and services, smaller/well-designed spaces/layout, security and privacy [quiet], indoor comfort, pets, friends and family, storage, personalization, flexibility, creative spaces, and spaces that replace the singl...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...well-being. There have been links documented between improved air quality, natural light and greening of indoor spaces, with the well-being of occupants. Businesses that operate in LEED certified buildings for example (with better air quality and natural light), have noted increased rates of productivity and reduced ...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...light home systems, including such things propane lighting and propane powered refrigerators. However, these systems are made at such a small scale and are in such small demand, that they are quite expensive and do not perform incredibly well. Thankfully, an off-grid house today can maintain essentially all the comfort...