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Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...energy throughout the extraction and production process. Moreover, it is not easy to install. Cost of brick wall finishes: Very expensive - "If you have to as...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...renewable resources. In many cases, that will reduce the embodied energy of a material and give it additional credibility in the green building world. For examp...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...energy than modelling predicted. With an average annual heating bill of about $500 in one of the coldest parts of our country, heating costs are approximately 7...

Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

...energy efficiency and renewable/low-carbon energy supplies. "Every building is designed for a specific range of conditions, such as peak temperature, storm su...

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

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...Renewable energy is a hot topic, not just in green building circles, but all across the globe. The need is urgent, the products are improving and the prices are...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...energy from the grid, you are increasing your carbon footprint, not reducing it. All of Quebec is on renewable power, as is much of British Columbia and a gro...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...energy consumption by surpassing the energy targets or implementing strategies to lower the total energy demand, like the inclusion of renewable energy systems....

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...renewable building material, wood has many advantages over other materials . It requires less energy to produce in terms of resource extraction, manufacturing a...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building for more than 35 years, there were countless ideas, materials, and innovative products I wanted to try o...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...energy, money & carbon footprint of homes with renewable energy. Find other articles & information on renewable energy systems here : Solar air heated r...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...renewable energy . The North Park Passive House for example, contains rock wool insulation and dense-packed cellulose insulation insulation, FSC-certified engin...