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Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

...energy. Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV): Energy Recovery Ventilator © Ecohome An ERV system uses basically the same principle as an HRV (Heat Recover...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...energy production to be renewable. The most aggressive of those is California, which set a target that 33% of energy production had to be renewable by the year ...

The Elegant Farm hydroponic bottle garden
Landscaping

Hydroponic bottle gardener launches kickstarter campaign

...renewable materials wherever possible. HOW WILL CROWDFUNDING HELP THIS PROJECT? The crown jewel of the Elegant Farm design is the white oak whiskey barrel. ...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...energy, it's a renewable resource and it stores carbon. Heavy timber refers to any dimensional lumber over 4.5" and is often used for post-and-beam constructi...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...renewable; sustainable; very strong; durable and antimicrobial. It's now available as FSC certified as well as formaldehyde-free for better interior air quality...

Epiphany 0nE Puck
Renewable energy

A 'Stirling' idea for charging your cell phone

The idea behind the Epiphany onE Puck is simple: use a Stirling engine powered by heat disparities (a hot or cold drink, a candle, ice, etc.) to fully charge y...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...energy as the entire surface area is a black collector. So, in the absence of other factors, a flat plate will produce more energy than an evacuated tube design...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

What is the best wall system for a home? We're frequently asked which is the perfect wall system for high-performance LEED , Passive House or Zero Energy Hom...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...Energy. A hyper-efficient house such as this could be fitted with solar PV panels and can save enough energy to offset the energy needed for charging the best e...

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

All about off-grid power generation

...energy and solar power, so this provided just the impetus that I needed to pursue an off-grid home. I'll list the vital statistics of our system first, and then...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...energy performance. It also leads to the use of spray polyethylene foam since it has a higher R value per inch, and while spray foam works well, the problem is ...