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Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...your job is simply to cut the siding to length, paint the ends, and install it. A reputable company will give your siding a warranty up around 15 years, and potentially up to 30 years if you apply a coat of paint within that first 15 years. If you prefer to paint your wood siding yourself, it will be a lot easier (an...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house

ARE TINY HOUSES FOR SALE LOCALLY A GOOD CHOICE FOR A FIRST HOME?

...carbon footprint? Static Tiny Homes (including THOW’s that don’t actually move) do have the potential to help you dramatically reduce your carbon footprint . Less space means that you don't need as much ‘stuff’ (which I am sure that we can all agree on we have far too much of), and you also consume less energy and bu...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...carbon footprint and embodied energy through manufacturing, so even the greenest of the green will have some measurable impact. It takes energy to save energy, and manufacturing insulation is arguably one of the more noble things we currently do with fossil fuels. If you really want to go into depth about the tested pe...

Saving Energy in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Our Top Tips to Save Money
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Top tips for energy efficient swimming pools - reduce pool cleaning & running costs

...your pool will stay a lot cleaner, for longer, and you will avoid all the nasties such as dead bugs and bits of your garden floating around in there! Efficient pool filtration systems save energy Save electricity by making sure your pool filtration system works effectively and run your pool pump on shorter duration...

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

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...yourself to spending tons of money every month to pump heat into your house,” Reynolds said. “Rather, invest that in insulation and the payback is immediate. People think the payback is going to be 25 years, and it’s not. The payback starts when your neighbor turns on the heat and you don’t.” For more information on ...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...carbon footprint of homes with renewable energy. Find other articles & information on renewable energy systems here : Solar air heated radiant floor form kits for Passive House, LEED & Zero Net Energy Homes How Heat Pumps work in Passive House, LEED & Zero Energy Homes Heat Pumps: Ground source geot...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...carbon footprint since it comes from Asia, and there have been questions raised regarding working conditions for those in the industry. Cost: Between $3 and $8 per sq.ft. Cork floors: Cork flooring © Lusimat Cork is another durable and renewable flooring material. Cork is harvested from the bark of a specif...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...your efforts to reduce the ecological footprint of your home can be instantly negated by locating it far from the places you need to go and public transportation, as you will spend a lot of time in a car. Transportation fuel makes up a much greater part of our carbon emissions than a lot of people might think, conseq...