Soil gas / Guides

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...soil remediation. We recently built our new Wakefield concept house on expansive clay soil, and by building a raft slab we saved money by not requiring any soil...

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?

...gas), but still it eased my conscience at the time. At the time, I really thought I nailed it – airtight, compact, well-insulated, triple-pane windows, passiv...

Disposing of old batteries

Waste management: compost and recycling

...soil spread on top will suppress the pests. Garden composters are a great way to recycle kitchen waste into next years tasty tomato and zucchini crops S...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...soil. Heat will also move quicker through wet clay than dry. We would recommend at least R20 under slab floors in cold climates (the third image above), but dep...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...gas its blowing agents and cause material shrinkage, reduced thermal performance and the release of climate changing greenhouse gases. Read more here about how ...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...gas infiltration , so to learn how to prevent Radon gas levels being high in homes, see here - or to specifically find out how to remove Radon gas form basement...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...soil; reducing construction related pollution; and by encouraging non-toxic pest control and regionally appropriate landscaping that reduces the need for irriga...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...soil remediation and frost walls. Keep in mind that if on a very tight budget this house can also be seated on a conventional thickened edge insulated slab on...

Climate change impact of diet
Lifestyle and environment

how your diet affects climate change

...soil depletion isn't far behind. Living in a green home doesn't instantly equate to a low-impact lifestyle, if for example you have a long gas-powered daily com...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...soil are used to build the main support walls; aluminum cans and mortar, along with glass bottles, are used to build interior walls. Earthships (by their own ...

Real estate

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

...gas, parking, vehicle depreciation and maintenance. A great website for evaluating how well a neighbourhood will meet your needs is Walk Score ; it will help ...