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Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...roofing material for a single installation, but its short lifespan will make it the most expensive choice over the life of a home. 2. Metal roofs: Metal roofing © Ecohome While the extraction and rendering of metal roofing has a high-embodied energy, it will probably last your lifetime, and at the end of its ...

Living green roof installation on the Edelwiess house
Roof coverings

DIY green roof installation video

DIY Green 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 videos from EcoHome on YouTube here The most common building material used for roofing in North America is asphalt shingles, and because of their poor...

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles installation just got easier
Solar photovoltaic

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

...roofing materials. Further to that, a shingle roof, metal roof, or any other composite recycled-material roofing product will not turn your lights on, nor will it fill your gas tank for you. That’s where Tesla really delivers. Tesla has equated the cost of their solar shingles to the price of a standard shingled ...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...roofing and painting it matt black. Labour aside, testing between a screen collector and a pop can collector showed that the screen collector did provide more heat, read more here. How much heat can solar air heaters provide? That depends on a lot of variables: Solar Panel size: This will determine the volume of ...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

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

...roofing system like this (if in fact it is one) could potentially create a spike in the private micro-power generation market and take the burden off governments to be solely responsible for moving towards renewable energies. Solar Roof shingles are far more resistant to impact than conventional roof coverings, as se...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...roofing and solar power generation makes a lot of sense. There is a product emerging that is supposed to offer the same power generation as conventional PV panels, and attach directly to the roof trusses, eliminating the need for sheathing and roofing materials. By replacing sheeting and roof coverings, this potent...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...roofing materials such as asphalt shingles or metal in areas of low solar exposure. An instant advantage with BIPV over existing rooftop solar panels, is that you don’t need to remove roof coverings in order to replace them, since BIPVs themselves offer weather proofing. That alone is a significant improvement over PV ...

Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...roofing is asphalt shingles, and because of their poor durability they may spend only 15 or 20 years on your roof before heading to a landfill. A properly installed green roof has a longer lifespan than asphalt shingles and will absorb and retain a large portion of storm water, which otherwise would end up in sewers ne...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...roofing materials, etc.) and returns a carbon impact figure for each building category. As shown below, the impact in terms of carbon emissions varies greatly depending on the material selected. Try the free online carbon calculator tool from Skanska here. Carbon reduction strategies and natural building materials ...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...roofing Chosen High-Performance Cladding & Roofing Materials Brands : Maxi Forest, white cedar coating Ideal roof, metal cladding Maçonnex, metal coating Non-toxic materials for walls & ceilings Materials for the interior were specifically chosen to maintain a high standard of clean indoor air quality , f...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...roofing materials are exposed to the sun they warm up and melt the surrounding snow. What causes ice dams on roofs and in attics? Ice dam protection and prevention: As some of these problems (such as snow, sun and wind) are unavoidable, the surefire solution to preventing water damage du...