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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.

...roof and insulation stops at the eaves and you need to then blow lots of insulation into the attic. All blown insulations create static electricity so the ind...

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...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...roofing, or for reducing off-gassing to protect indoor air quality. See our page on choosing the right building insulation for the right application Once yo...

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...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...roof leaks and other building envelope failures. Along with affecting the durability of your home, mold and mildew can cause or aggravate allergies, asthma and ...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...roofing Chosen High-Performance Cladding & Roofing Materials Brands : Maxi Forest, white cedar coating Ideal roof, metal cladding Maçonnex, metal coat...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...roof . If you live near a windfarm, that's where most of your power comes from. If you live near a solar farm, or a hydroelectric station, same thing, you are p...

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...living blog: a homeowner reflects on the design and building process Tesla Solar Roof shingles review Aquion Energy

Shipping Container Homes in a Warm Climate might be a good option
Tiny house

Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates

...living space. It includes a lounge and fully equipped kitchen, a bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious luxurious ensuite attached, and that awesome ...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...living and the clever multi-functional design aspects that tiny houses inevitably include. But the question remains whether or not Tiny Houses are a good soluti...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...roof. The north roof is metal. Rigid insulation was used below the floor and on the north wall. Glazing is a mix of polyethene, patio doors and reclaimed ...