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Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...walls for living rooms © The Bahia Studio A living wall (also known as a green wall, plant wall or vertical garden) is not a cheap feature to add to a home,...

The Fincube tin house
Tiny house

The Fincube off-grid tiny house

...living space, the functional wall panels are situated in the middle of the room, and the four living areas (living room and bedroom, kitchen and bathroom) open ...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...living space with a maximum highway width of 8.5 feet. That almost always leads to poorly-insulated walls with poor energy performance. It also leads to the use...

The Fun Box
Tiny house

The Fun Box! Solar, wind and human powered luxury living

...living. We see this often in the Tiny House Movement; it is that very concept that can make living in small spaces comfortable. For both designers and homeowner...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...wall 2" mineral wool board or EPS against interior concrete wall 2x4 stud wall with mineral wool batts in cavities drywall with latex paint as vapour reta...

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

...walls from the outside Adding extra insulation to the exterior walls of an older home when renovating or remodeling is a great way of improving a home's walls...

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

...wall construction © Bala Structures On the inside of this 2x8 wall is the polyethylene air/vapour barrier. Inside of that is a 2x4 utility wall, holding all...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...living room wall. Storage was designed into the home, but the building was located on the lot to allow for a secondary building such as a workshop or storage ...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...walls, solid windows and doors. This provides the house with a substantial cozy feeling and comfortable healthy living. And, just to repeat, the $77 a year he...

An attic with 'insulating paint' which doesn't insulate
Insulation and soundproofing

Does 'insulating paint' work?

...wall. It may add an inconsequential decimal point of R value to your wall, but that is akin to a butterfly slowing down a passenger train in an impact. Yes, the...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...living homes blog post 1: Concept Overview Off-grid living homes blog post 2: Design & Construction Choices Off-grid living homes blog post 3: All about off...