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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 ...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...reduced construction waste and increased client satisfaction. Improved project scheduling, decreased construction costs and improved building quality are also the top motivation as discovered in the report for increasing the use of prefabrication and modular construction in the next three years. “ Dodge’s research ...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...reduced energy demand for heating and cooling. With very little testing information available we're not comfortable making claims as to how well this or any other such products work, how long they will continue to work, and whether or not it is cost-effective. But we really love the concept. There seem to be a few ...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...reduced lifespan, so you may find yourself needing to change them sooner than you'd like. Money invested in high performance windows is money you will likely recoup in savings. However, building a seasonal out building or greenhouse from recycled windows is not only doable, but a great second life for a resource that o...

Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...reduced to R-7.4, a value only 35% of the nominal ". If putting heat conduits on either side of batt insulation reduces their performance even by half, that means you essentially paid double the price for the R value you think you purchased. So your money may be better invested by employing alternatives. Building c...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

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

...reduced amount of heat in the water is used to condition the home. The required depth for this system is generally 300 feet or more, and the cost is calculated by the foot. Through the nose, but by the foot. Geothermal vertical loop system © Alexandre Gilbert Horizontal closed-loop geothermal systems function i...

Mixed interior room lighting

Home lighting design

...reduced energy consumption make it a worthwhile investment. On the negative side, fluorescent bulbs contain mercury vapour, and are actually considered hazardous waste when disposed of. While the energy efficiency compared to incandescent bulbs is substantial, it’s hard to ignore the health risks. If you are using ...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...reduced with high quality triple pane windows. © Ecohome The cost of replacing windows is pretty high and predominantly labour based; partly in manufacturing, but you have to factor in the cost of installation and finishing as well. So if you're going to replace old leaky windows, you might as well get good ones. T...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...reduced demand, power needs to be dumped to other states and provinces at discounted rates, assuming they have the capacity to accept it. This is where the solution offered by Azelio is so advantageous since this heat (or ‘latent electricity’ if you will) can be stored until needed. Stored power such as this facilita...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...reduced loss of heat through the walls of the tank (or “standby loss”); improved heat exchangers to transfer more heat from the energy source to the water; factory-installed heat traps that allow water to flow into the tank but present unwanted flow of hot water out of the tank. Some advantages of tankless wate...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...reduced. A raft slab requires almost no excavation so high water tables are not a problem, and they can also eliminate the need for a costly soil remediation. We recently built our new Wakefield concept house on expansive clay soil, and by building a raft slab we saved money by not requiring any soil remediation. Rea...