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Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...house insulated with foam. And I’m still open, so by all means please make your case for or against foam insulation in the comment section below and try to change my mind back. In 2002, when I started to design my own house, I bounced between various wall assemblies, but not based on any hard facts. I listened to the...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...house was tested to have high radon levels, and after radon mitigation was installed and we re-tested for radon, I now know we can live safely - so radon mitigation works! First step, find out if you have a radon gas problem by having the air in your home tested. A radon testing kit is not very expensive and should b...

Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...Step one, getting a humidity meter and tracking the relative humidity level in your basement is the first part of understanding the mold problem in any home or basement. Compare budget options and special offers for manual humidity meters here (we've tried and like the ThermoPro TP 50) Or if you have a Smart home o...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...household has two people, but this cold climate greenhouse also helps feed four children, grandchildren and step-parents. "We give a lot of it away, and this year we began to sell some in the local village. Selling surplus helps us continue to finance the project.” Cold Climate insulated Greenhouse construction © P...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...house of baseboard heaters. That said, if the home is reasonably efficient, then electric heating can still be a good choice . If the electricity they consume is generated sustainably, then electric baseboard heaters can be an economical and eco-friendly choice for heating system for well-insulated green homes . Ho...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

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

...house, see here . Composite wood siding products Composite wood siding © Céline Lecomte Composite wood refers to the repurposing of waste wood into usable siding products. Small chips and sawdust can be steam pressed into a very close likeness of actual wood siding, including the addition ...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...step to building a durable and energy-efficient home in North America, including Passive house to PHIUS standards , LEED or Net Zero Homes is knowing your climate zone. Just as we need to wear different outfits in different climates, homes need to be properly designed to meet the temperatures, humidity levels and extre...

Deck Construction, 10 Top Tips for Building Decks
Decks, porches and gazebos

Building a deck ? 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...step of building a deck in Canada or North America should be staying on the right side of the law. Find out where exactly your property line is so you know you meet the necessary setbacks. Depending on how meticulous your municipality or state is, you may need a permit and you may need to show drawings to get one. This...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...House , Net Zero Energy and high-performance homes is consistently making the most of Passive Solar Gain , having a home where each day starts with fogged over windows is absolutely a huge detriment. A hidden effect of condensation on house windows is that once the sun does come up, which could and should be heating ou...

Keyhole Garden
Landscaping

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...steps. 1.) Site: Once you have chosen an area large enough to house an 8 - 10 foot diameter circle that has sufficient sun exposure for the plants you intend on growing, you're ready to begin. Given the raised-bed nature of the keyhole garden, the area need not have good soil, or even any soil at all. 2.) Collect: ...

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

...step-up would charge at a rate of about 80 km per hour. That’s why I think a dryer plug is probably adequate for almost everyone. It shouldn’t cost much to have an electrician come install one on the outside of your house or in your garage. That would equate to getting about 350 to 400 km of range by leaving it plugg...