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

Do Earthships work in cold climates? northern USA; first un-insulated, the second insulated to meet Building Code (R10) and the third insulated to R20, the minimum we would recommend in Canada or colder States for comfort and a good return on investment. Modelled using a 4-inch concrete floor, you can see that in the first image on the left (un-insul...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020 a changing climate . Green Home Renovation Tax Credits and Financial Incentives such as this program offer what we believe is the best return on investment for government initiatives for fighting climate change, stimulating the economy, and keeping more money in the pockets of homeowners. Sounds like the talking p...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...inancial incentives, you will need to meet the requirements laid out in whatever government-funded green building program you are trying to participate in. But your average garden variety home energy audit will likely include an inspection of your home insulation, including finished and unfinished basements, seeing h...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives to pay an additional $10,000 for a ‘green home’, compared to only 22% in 2008. Demand for more efficient homes is rising, making an even stronger case for improving residential construction practices. Whether you are buying and renovating, or undertaking a new building project, first speak with your bank and find...

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change
Planning and Design

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers drains (also called weeping tiles or drain tiles) and ensure that they functioning properly If you install gutters, avoid directing them into those footing drains. If the drain can’t handle the volume during a heavy downpour, you may be inviting basement water infiltration. Downspouts should be directed downhill ...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...interesting to note right from the beginning, is that during testing, both heat pumps as stand-alone units (i.e. not including circulator pumps or blowers) actually exceeded manufacturer and EnerGuide ratings, with Coefficients of Performance (COPs) above 5 in the cooling season and above 3 in the heating season. Dis...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate types of greenhouses to consider - those attached to a home and accessed by an interior door (which can also be used as a solarium and which are incorporated in Earth-ships with varying levels of success in cold climates ), and free-standing greenhouses that are intended primarily for cultivating plants and food. In...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...interesting facts we’re going to give to persuade even the most sceptical climate-change naysayer. Building for a changing climate is a smart idea The IECC* climate zone map of the US and Canada that was developed in the early 2000s used existing data to develop and update minimum building codes and create guidelin...

Saving Energy in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Our Top Tips to Save Money
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Top tips for energy efficient swimming pools - reduce pool cleaning & running costs to save energy by buying an multi-speed pool pump, compare prices online here. Solar powered heating system saves energy while extending comfort While the initial cost of installing solar water heaters might be high, in the long run it makes financial sense. You can even connect the solar panels so they can ser...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes & Finishing of Homes Pros of Wood Siding: It makes for a great looking traditional finish to the siding on a home. Certainly with FSC wood siding, extraction & manufacturing can be sustainable, and very little pollution is generated in production and manufacturing. Wood is abundantly available to us in Canada &...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

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

...iny houses inevitably include. But the question remains whether or not Tiny Houses are a good solution to climate change and housing. Tiny House living is a housing trend that has inspired radically scaling back home size, which is a very good thing. The average house size in the US is almost 2,700 square feet, and i...