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Insulated Radiant Floor ICF Foam Forms Heated with Air
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floor slab foam forming systems

...reduced capacity air has to hold heat compared to water can reduce the risk of overheating. When installing a hydronic tube system you need to be very cautious, since accidentally piercing a tube will render the system ineffective. An air-heated tube system is not pressurized and there is no liquid to leak out, so an...

Disposing of household waste properly - recycling, garbage & toxic materials
Kitchens

Waste management: compost and recycling

...reduced water use - USA & Canada Other articles about recycling here Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more about the benefits...

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...reduced to a powder and mixed with with acacia gum (aka Arabic gum), to form cones or sticks. Despite their natural origin, several studies have shown that many types of incense emit high concentrations of VOCs (benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and many others). And it would appear that it is in even great...

Mixed interior room lighting
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 ...

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...

The Pros & Cons of Lasagna Gardening for Growing Food
Food production

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...reduced because they are pretty much suffocated by the multiple layers of material – especially the wet cardboard and newspaper. A lack of oxygen means aerobic bacteria cannot do their work effectively, which in turn slows down the decomposition process and means that many released nutrients from the rotting down wil...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...reduced degradation and improved labor and environmental conditions in affected forests. As no system for certifying sustainable production of lumber in far-flung forests is ever going to be perfect, what we are saying by this Guide is that as the world's major environmental NGOs - including WWF, Sierra Club, NRDC, N...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...reduced water use - USA & Canada Rainwater recovery and irrigation Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...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...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

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

...reduced mobility, making certain that growing fresh fruit and vegetables at home is accessible to all. Yet another unique thing about container gardening is your ability as the gardener to chase the sun if necessary, as containers can be moved throughout the day. If you have no time to be moving containers whilst lif...

Saving Energy in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Our Top Tips to Save Money
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Top tips for energy efficient swimming pools - reduce pool cleaning & running costs

...reduced too while still enjoying crystal-clear water. Lower energy costs for swimming pool maintenance with a robot pool cleaner Using an average of about 180 Watts, you’ll be consuming 82% less power (820W) compared to your regular booster pump and filtration powering the type of cleaner you plug into the skimmer ...