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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...

LEED Canada on the rise
LEED Homes

LEED Canada shows strong growth during summer of 2015 including first LEED® v4 certified project

...renewable energy targets, but also engage manufacturers to reduce the environmental footprint of building materials and products.“ Among the most notable proj...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...energy grid in your region is fed with renewable energy but you heat your house with fossil fuels, in winter months you would now be heating your water with fos...

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles installation just got easier
Solar photovoltaic

Tesla solar roof gains ground with target of 1000 solar roofs / week

...renewable-energy initiative from Tesla comes to life, it will likely have the same effect that they had on the electric vehicle market, which was to fire a shot...

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...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...energy input. If more light is fed to the panels through a reflector, the temperature variations of the panels themselves will be greater, and the energy output...

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. ...

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...

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

There is a lot you can do in home construction to take advantage of the free energy provided by the sun. That can be passive solar , which is about home orient...

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...

Outdoor solar shower
Solar thermal collectors

DIY solar hot water shower for the great outdoors

It might seem like pie in the sky, but with these easy to read DIY instructions from the good folks at the Endeavour Centre your dream of a warm, net-zero show...