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Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...state of stagnation, creating a high-temperature and high-pressure environment. Flat plate solar collectors can reach temperatures as high as 200°C (395°F), and evacuated-tube collectors can reach temperatures as high as 295°C (563°F). It is important to be aware that solar glycol will begin to break down when temper...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...State and Provincial mandatory building codes - the new BC Energy Step Code in British Columbia, Canada is one example. A blower door test is often an essential part of a home audit, we don’t know for sure just yet if it will be part of the free home energy audits promised by the Canadian Liberal Government in Oct 2019...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...States Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of states and unincorporated self-governing territories in the United States committed to upholding the objectives of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change within their borders by achieving the U.S. goal of reducing greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide equivalent) economy-...

Preventing radon gas in homes starts with testing for radon - the only sure way
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Radon Gas Awareness - Up to 10% of North American homes tested have unsafe radon levels

...state or municipality, or you could contact a local radon-mitigation expert and have them conduct a test for you. New house or old house, regardless of what radon mitigation standards were installed when it was built (or not) - regardless of which area your home is in, the ONLY certain method of making sure you and you...

DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Wood and organic materials

Two new options of mass timber panels

...State University College of Forestry and the new Center for Advanced Wood Products, MPP is new to North America. Advantages: They enable the use of smaller diameter trees rather than older and larger trees They offer the same structural and aesthetic characteristics as CLT, but with 20 to 30% less wood Window...

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...state of limestone. When first applied it seems quite opaque, but will become richer in colour as it cures. Ochres and natural metal oxides are used to add colour. Rather than flaking like paint, colours tend to fade over time so it’s common to re-apply it every 5 years or so. Limewash is commercially available, or...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...stated on the Powerhouse Group website are that a building must - “during its lifetime produce more renewable energy than it uses for materials, production, operation, renovation, and demolition.” In short, a certified Powerhouse stands out from a Passive House or Net Zero home for example, by offsetting the energy c...

60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)
Renewable energy

Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

...state with renewable energy there is still a significant amount of GHG emissions (greenhouse gases) due to consumption, as even hydrolectric installations damage the environment and release methane. You could literally drive yourself nuts if you over-analyse your every move in terms protecting the environment and red...

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row

...state, education, the non-profit sector and other professional services. There are also 11,346 LEED credential holders in Canada, the largest number of LEED professionals existing outside of the United States. Media Contact CaGBC: Renée Rietveld Manager, Communications and Media Relations, CaGBC 613-288-8075 ...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...State University have developed a rigid cellulose foam insulation panel that one day we hope will replace plastics based foam as a standard building insulation. And better still is when the natural alternative for these plastic based rigid foam insulation boards is a naturally derived cellulose high-performance panel w...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...state " the average home has the equivalent of a 2ft square hole in it ." The next time someone in your home complains of feeling a draught or if your utility bill is burning a hole in your pocket, if your doors and windows weren't properly sealed, remember that 2ft 2 hole in your outside wall! We're not helped in No...