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Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...shingles such as the Tesla Solar Roof may actually be the cheapest roofing material over the lifespan of a building when reduced energy costs are factored. What are RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates)? The primary objective of the renewable energy-generation market is, of course, to provide low-carbon energy to ru...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...shingles, and they will better withstand extreme weather events – (high winds, heavy precipitation, hail etc.). Asphalt shingles are only cheaper the first time you put them on. By the second install in as little as 15 years later, the cost will catch up to what you would have paid for metal roofing. Over the lifespan ...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...shingles hold up when faced with a constant 100 km wind? If I were at highway speeds heading into a strong headwind I'd probably be watching my rear view mirror to see if I was leaving my own asphalt on the asphalt. Rolling down the highway with a gable roof and front porch is really hard not to see as a trend destined...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...Shingles don't have a very long life span, so see how close they are to needing replacement. Metal roofs are far more durable and have a much longer lifespan. More here on choosing durable roof coverings. Windows: Quality is hard to judge by sight, but look to see if they are installed in a way that they will shed wa...

Choosing between OSB or Plywood for house sheathing for Roofs, Walls & Floors.
Wood and organic materials

Which is better, OSB or Plywood for Roofs, Walls & Floors?

...shingles, but less so with other materials. If you're about to build walls, regardless of whether you choose OSB or Plywood sheathing for the outside, take a look at the EcoHome Guide on Which Timber to use for Home Construction here Or, learn how to use Dense-packed cellulose insulation in double stud walls correc...

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

...shingles. They have a horrible track record in all senses – the raw materials are mostly petroleum, they have a short life span and an extremely low rate of recycling or repurposing, which puts them pretty much at the top of the list ecologically harmful building materials to avoid. Other natural building materials: ...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...shingles - Eco-friendly Green Building, or not? 4. Water conservation: The Earth already has a natural system for treating and storing rainwater, though out of necessity Reynolds reinvented that system using plastic pipes, filters, plants and huge plastic cisterns. Kudos to him, that was a brilliant move to sup...