Living roof / Guides

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

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...roofing membrane under steel roof covering Foundation anchored in rock User friendly: Regardless of sustainability, a building wil...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...roof is low-hanging fruit as far as keeping material and labour costs down. It also lends itself well to a vegetative green roof. A slab-on-grade with a polis...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...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...

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

...roof. Starting from the top, the roof itself is through-fastened metal installed over 1x4 strapping. The strapping is placed on top of an ice and water shield f...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...Living Building Challenge: By far the hardest certification to achieve, the Living Building Challenge is for the hardcore green builder. This rating system co...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself arrangements. Moving into the home before it is completed is a tempting option, and for some the only option. This will undoubtedly lead to a later com...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist roof Under-slab high performance radon barrier Formaldehyde-free Kitchen Cabinets Split system air to air heat pump installation Air-to-water hyb...

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...rooftop solar” it must be built on an existing permanent building, complete with four walls, a roof and a permanent foundation. Individuals may only submit on...

Celsius Solar Igloo
Solar thermal collectors

Celsius: The solar heated igloo!

...roof are photovoltaic cells that charge batteries which then powers interior lights and the outdoor LED display . © Raphaël Thibodeau Us: Is this shelter a firs...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...roof to gain space. See our pages on insulating roofs for solutions. Ice damming and condensation from poor roof design in an older home...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...Roofs are sometimes glazed, but not necessarily. Other solariums are permanently integrated into the living space and cannot be closed off from the rest of the ...