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Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...plants in a home makes it more welcoming and relaxing; a living 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, pl...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

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

...walls cost? The nice surprise for gabion walls is how affordable they can be. While a dry stacked stone wall aesthetic adds to the cost of putting up a gabion wall rather than randomly pouring stone in with a mini excavator, it's still considerably more affordable than concrete or rammed earth walls. GABION W...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...walls are straight and true, and require only mudding as any gypsum board wall would. And now for the best part; the price. Chris Magwood was reluctant to say exactly how the price compares to conventionally built homes, but that is simply because there are too many variables in other wall systems. But he is quite co...

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...

Keyhole Garden

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...Plant! For obvious reasons, low-growing plants are most appropriate for this style of raised bed. How could we reach to harvest those beans or tomatoes if they were climbing up from their three foot perch? Other than common sense, there really isn't much to consider about choosing which plants to grow in your keyhole g...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...plant material, reds and yellows in the fall, and white and reddish-brown in the winter from the thermally-treated warm-coloured ash decking and wall cladding material. Beyond its quantitative sustainable design achievements, the beautiful Skygarden House high performance renovation refit project is an ideal example ...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 8 great tips for growing food in small spaces

...plant for the amount of sun you have. For Seeds, Plants, Tools & Gardening products Online with delivery to the door, try here . Strawberry plants in a half oak wine barrel - ideal for a smaller space While it's true that many plants will demand a minimum of 6 hours of direct sun per day there are several 'sh...

Healthy Home Offices - Natural Biophilic Design Ideas
Interior design and furnishing

How do you create a healthy home office? With Biophilic Interior Design

...plants for the aesthetic and mood enhancing aspects, but don’t count on it to clean air. Read more here to find out if plants clean indoor air quality . Growing food plants indoors The plants you choose for your home don’t have to only be for aesthetics, they can be edible. Staring at a kale plant in your living ro...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...plants. Keep in mind that it is more important to keep the roots warm than the plant itself, assuming of course the air stays above zero. If you include a solar air heater in a greenhouse design and transfer some of the heat to a platform with thermal mass on which your soil boxes can sit, you could start a growing sea...

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

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

...walls. LEED Platinum prefab Kit house under construction Prefab houses go up faster than site-built homes. We have said before and will again, we believe the concept of having materials such as lumber, insulation and drywall being delivered to a building site and assembled in place will in time be nothing but...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...wall is buried about 6 feet deep and made with 310 old tires that are filled with sand. The three other sides allow light in, plus the south-facing roof. The north roof is metal. Rigid insulation was used below the floor and on the north wall. Glazing is a mix of polyethene, patio doors and reclaimed windows. ...