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Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do wall ensures you have an abundance of such greenery. And an automated system such as this also means your plants won't die of thirst due to forgetfulness. Green 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 ad...

The Fincube tin house
Tiny house

The Fincube off-grid tiny house

...wall panels allow for easy versatility in room layout. When the Fincube is used as a 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 up to the outside. The 360-degree glass fronts, innovative lighting tec...

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

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...wall structure of Ben Hayward's 180 square foot tiny house is his own grid-like design of plywood, and is insulated with mineral wool, a recycled stone dust insulation . The wall thickness and levels of insulation vary slightly, with the weakest point of the wall being R48, which is about double that of your typical ne...

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

...wall is built to make sure you are not creating a condensation point at a dangerous place within the wall assembly, or preventing internal moisture from the occasional leak in the exterior skin from running away, so the wall structure can dry out. Walls need to be built to meet their specific climate needs. All too o...

The Fun Box
Tiny house

The Fun Box! Solar, wind and human powered luxury 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 homeowners, such features are sources of pride to be shown off. They demonstrate both a commitment to efficient housing and a keen problem-solving mind. The rising bed...

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

...wall finished with 7/16’’ oriented strand board [OSB] taped and primed with the OSB as the air and vapour barrier . 2x4 service cavity wall insulated with blown fiberglass with a binder, then completed with 1/2’’ drywall. The roof covering is an 80%+ recycled composite polymer-based product that resembles slate t...

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

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...wall 2x4 stud wall with mineral wool batts in cavities drywall with latex paint as vapour retarder. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE Interior insulation only: mineral wool board or EPS as thermal break against concrete wall 2x4 stud wall with mineral wool batts in cavities drywall with l...

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 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 grid power generation NEXT PAGE Off-Grid living homes blog post 5: Appliances, mechanicals & systems You could also consider heating with a high effi...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes areas. © SeeVirtual Modern 'high performance' homes like this one offer homeowners surprisingly intelligent system automation and a lot more control over their living environment. With that comes increased comfort and higher energy efficiency. It might seem a little intimidating at fi...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...wall with much better insulation. By building a slab-on-grade home, you are choosing to substitute foundation walls with above-ground walls. In other words, you are replacing concrete walls with a much more affordable and energy efficient wall assembly. This is why Slab-on-Grade foundations are frequently chosen fo...

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 of the electrical, plumbing, and data cabling. This wall is also insulated with Roxul batts. Finally, a standard layer of sheetrock covers the interior walls. ...