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Mixed interior room lighting

Home lighting design

...lower that as well will reduce the problem. If you do plan to install them, you are best to look for high quality ones. That could save you a lot of headaches and money in the future. Light wells, as mentioned above don’t have the same condensation issues as skylights. They are sealed units so there is no conductio...

Hemp fibreboard and Hemp insulation - the Green Building choice
Wood and organic materials

Hemp building supplies

...lower weight. The hemp boards currently being manufactured by Sunstrand are not structural, though the potential is there for the future. At present, boards can be used for a wide variety of applications including molding, cabinetry, shelving, furniture, and when properly sealed can be used as tables and counter tops...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...lower energy bills. 1. Choosing an Entry-level window; e.g. aluminum frame w/o thermal break. High SHGC. 2. Choice of a High quality double pane or mid-level triple pane glazing. SHGC > 0,6. 3. The Difference choosing a Very high quality triple pane glazing and frame, entry-level Passivhaus certif...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...lower end units with 30’ angled side panels (one opening) 1 lower microwave unit with 2 drawers 1 blind corner sink unit 1 five-drawer unit (two top drawers side by side, three below) 1 three-drawer unit 1 single-door unit with two sliding shelves inside 1 @ 8” deep pantry with two doors (depth of which the...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...lower impact on the environment than each of us setting up our own private systems and farmsteads in what was previously undisturbed wilderness. This is not to rip on rural living, it’s awesome, and we get it. Some of us even live it. The problem is that as rural living suddenly becomes more popular, it puts a ...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...lower carbon footprint than a concrete wall . Taking into account the embodied energy for the carbon footprint of a 10 foot high wall through all stages of it's life (manufacturing, transport, construction and maintenance) - here are the comparative figures between 3 wall types: WALL TYPES UBP MJeq Kg of ...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...lower energy costs . On systems with a Heat Pump Pool Heater (HPPH) for 100% of their heating requirement, the time of day that you run your HPPH is an important consideration as heat pumps get their heat from the air. Logically then the best time to run a HPPH is when the air temperature is at its warmest during the d...

Lifestyle, location and commuting

Home-buying tips for seniors looking to downsize

...lower cabinets and countertops. If these home modifications don’t exist in your ideal potential home, invite a contractor in to discuss the costs of modifying the home before you make an offer on it. Moving into a new, smaller home doesn’t have to be a strain on your mental health. By planning ahead with your downsiz...

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

Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates

...lower deck area which has partial cover from the midday sun. Fine for a warm climate tiny house, but I can't see that starcase being practical in the cold north or even in a soggy WA or BC winter climate. Two-level shipping container home as a tiny house in a warm climate could work - certainly stylish The ti...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...lower cost. Now you know more about the Tesla Solar Roof, find more info pages about Solar PV & sustainable & resilient green building techniques here : Choosing between solar trackers & fixed solar panel mounts All about solar panels - the different options & how they work Ten questions to ...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...lower floor. Finishing basements is quite common for adding space to a home, but be sure your walls are well-constructed to prevent moisture damage. If you are pouring a basement floor but don't intend to finish it right away, consider installing radiant floor tubing as a future heat source. Plumbing and wiring: ...