Metal roof / Guides

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...Metal roofs: Metal roofing © Ecohome While the extraction and rendering of metal roofing has a high-embodied energy, it will probably last your lifetime...

Passive Solar Index Home - super high efficiency
Passive solar home design

Passive Solar Index Home Case Study

...Roof assembly Roof trusses 36 inches of loose-blown cellulose Furring strips Metal roofing Sloped section: 2 inches of Isofoil (R11) Fibergl...

Ice dam
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...roofs, letting water penetrate and cause damage to the interior of walls and roofs. When snow melts on a roof it runs down until it meets the unheated bottom ed...

Shipping container home
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly?

...Metal is a conductor - of both heat and cold - as evidenced by the popularity of metal frying pans over say...wooden ones, for example. This makes metal a less ...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...roof, and if your roof is covered in snow you won't be getting any power. Elon Musk says they last 2 to 3 times longer than a conventional roof, asphalt shing...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...roof will melt snow and can lead to ice dams and consequently the dreaded leak. Ice damming will cause water to back up and possibly get past shingles and metal...

Rain barrels for storm water management and rainwater harvesting
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Introduction to rainwater harvesting

...roof could collect 53,000 litres of water. Rainwater collection and storage: A water catchment system for roof rainwater is simple, and can store water for ...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...roof: Shingles don't have a very long life span, so see how close they are to needing replacement. Metal roofs are far more durable and have a much longer lifes...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...roof deck on the most south-facing roof. This is for both aesthetic and functional reasons – sleek looking panels lying flush on a roof deck are less obtrusive ...

PSI

Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...metal roof and fascia, electrically controlled exterior shutters, stone and red spruce siding. Heat recovered ventilation is provided by a Zhender air exchang...

Bathroom with refinished claw foot tub and barn board trim in a home c
Materials and resources

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...metal roof has a high embodied energy (meaning energy spent to extract and produce it), however, there are no health effects for home occupants. A metal roof is...

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