Off-grid / Guides

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...Off-grid living blog: a homeowner reflects on the design and building process Tesla Solar Roof shingles review Aquion Energy

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...off-grid home running on solar panels and batteries, or for backup heat "just in case" or in the case of a prolonged power outage, perhaps consider a high effic...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...off-grid home construction arena it could be viewed as some fringe building technique like the Earthship and turn off builders and homeowners. Any new advance i...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...off-grid. Pop-can solar panels: This is nothing short of brilliant and could be the only solid reason to justify drinking pop. It is however a rather time con...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...off-grid heating solution . Burning firewood and other biomass fuels are a way to gain that independence. Heating efficiently with biomass fuel (wood, grain, ...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

Geothermal Heating Systems for Homes Domestic Geothermal heating systems can be a great way to heat your home, replace a furnace, and are labeled as money sa...

The Fun Box
Tiny house

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

There seems to be a design trend of trying to out-cool the previously coolest tiny house, and as long as that keeps happening we will keep having great stories...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...off-grid house, build a small, off grid-house. Build it as small as you can comfortably and legally get away with, and put it on a well-insulated slab-on-grade ...

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

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

Are tiny houses a good investment? That depends on how you want to live and how well they are built. Small homes are more affordable and eco-friendly that larg...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

Alex Wilson is the founder of the journal Environmental Building News , Green Building , GreenSpec and recently the Resilient Design Institute . The followin...

Zero Carbon Building
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

SAB: What does the CaGBC hope to achieve with the Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative? Mark Hutchinson: The CaGBC launched the zero carbon building initiative...