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Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 3: All about off-grid power generation in off-grid homes

...reduced cost) of fixed panels is quite attractive. I would go so far as to say that if one is going to have stationary panels in the northern US or Canada on an off-grid home, that orienting them more for winter power generation is the best path to follow. Off Grid solar array includes steeply a...

Earth day celebrations for 50th Anniversary
Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...reduced pollution and reduced consumerism. So in a way, most of us are already participating by making fewer trips to stores, being more conscious of our personal resources by reducing waste and working from home which means driving less. The results, if you have not already seen, are nothing short of astounding. The...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...reduced heating costs when oriented for passive solar heat gain . Some kit houses we feature are Passive House ready , and some like Le Refuge, are built ready to meet the LEED for Homes rating system requirements in terms of energy efficiency, healthy indoor air quality and the use of sustainable building materials ...

Understanding sound transmission in homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Understanding sound transmission in buildings

...reduced so sound isolation ratings measured in the field are close to those obtained in the laboratory. Dr. Alf Warnock holds a B.Sc. in Natural Philosophy (Physics) from the University of Glasgow (1963) and a Ph.D in Plasma Physics from the University of Strathclyde (1967). He is a retired Principal Research O...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...reduced resource-consumption during operation made this house a big news maker in its day, even earning it a spot on a Canadian postage stamp. It was innovative but not alone; the 90s was a time of low-tech and high-performance housing improvements, such as: low-flow faucets, highly-insulated and airtight building en...

4th generation blowing agents for spray foam
Insulation and soundproofing

New HFO blowing agents for spray foam will make it over 1,000 times less harmful to the climate

...reduced. We currently don't know of any manufacturers of XPS rigid panels that have committed to transitioning to HFOs, but we will update this article as soon as we find one. Until HFOs make it in XPS panels, we'd still recommend avoiding them whenever possible. Spray foam manufacturers that are switching to HFO b...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...reduced consumption. Energy efficient appliances and low-flow faucets reduce hot water requirements and LED bulbs and design for natural lighting keep the house bright with very little energy use. Off grid passive solar home side elevation © Craig Anderson Passive solar design in...

Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...reduced radon levels is easily done as new homes are being constructed, it becomes a bit more tricky retrofitting older homes. Radon testing should be carried out in all homes While many people rely on Radon Gas Maps by State in the US and province in Canada to decide whether to test their homes for radon, official...

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...reduced. That’s a ‘ healthy alternative’ the same way that low-tar cigarettes are. So yes, they are 'healthier', but still dangerous. Zero VOC paints are commonly available now and come in all colours. Keep in mind that the pigments added to colour your paint will often contain VOCs so ask about that as well. You wil...

Carbon Offset Schemes - Whale Poop leads Nature's Own Way
Lifestyle and environment

Save the Whale's (Poop) - Save the Planet !! (And $2m per Whale)

...reduced as demonstrated in Boston Harbor, where slight changes made to navigation routes in 2007 decreased whale and ship encounters by over 65 percent. Such changes aren’t free, but the extrapolated figures provided by Chami and the IMF team of the value of whales to carbon reduction put these trade-offs in perspectiv...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...reduced air leakage, not the R value or thermal mass. This is a great system that meets the additional challenges of building below grade. In the interest of saving money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we recommend limiting its use above grade, as dollar for dollar you can get much better performance for yo...