Roof covering / Guides

Living green roof installation on the Edelwiess house
Roof coverings

DIY green roof installation video

...Roof Installation The following DIY green roof video shows the steps needed to ensure your green roof will not leak. Watch more Green Building Guide video...

Ice dam
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...roof membrane below your final roof covering at the bottom edge of the roof. This membrane will allow any water that does back up beneath the shingles to be saf...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...roofs- intensive and extensive: Green roof © Ecohome An intensive green roof, also known as a ‘rooftop garden’ refers to planting areas that have a dept...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...Roof shingles are far more resistant to impact than conventional roof coverings, as seen in the image below. ​ Tesla solar roof tile i...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...roof surface and ceilings are fairly thick in comparison, that usually leads to a deep cavity in the ceiling where there is a skylight. This adds to the dramati...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...roof has less than a decade of solid performance left, you would be best to replace your roof covering before mounting solar panels. Ensure that your roof is in...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...roof deck on the most south-facing roof. This is for both aesthetic and functional reasons – sleek looking panels lying flush on a roof deck are less obtrusive ...

Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Larsen truss wall systems with double-stud construction & extra insulation for new homes & energy efficient home renovation

...roof to create a seamless envelope of exterior insulation (and therefore cathedral ceiling) covering all of the walls and roof. Larsen trusses are not structu...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...roof: Icicles on a roof are caused by heat escaping, pure and simple . So many homes have them that we have grown accustomed to seeing them and think nothing ...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...roofing membrane under steel roof covering Foundation anchored in rock User friendly: Regardless of sustainability, a building wil...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...roof of a home. The collector panel itself is most commonly made up of glass tubes that contain copper pipes in their cores, with a darkened plate covering the ...

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