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Slate tile installation in bathrooom
Flooring and stairs

Slate Tile installation - video

We have finished the bathroom counter, floors and shower stalls with a dark slate tile from Glendyne. Slate is a natural stone, so its surfaces have more character and inconsistencies in texture - and at times in thickness - than manufactured tiles. This can mean a bit more effort on the part of installers, but a more...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...stones © Oak Pavers How the permeable pavingstones work: For the most part, the 'water-permeable paver stones' you will see and read about are not actually porous and don't absorb water any differently than conventional paver stones, the permeability comes from creating a larger space between them to allow water ...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...stones or other materials The filling can be of all shapes and colors of granite or other stones. An important point to make when building a gabion wall in a cold climate – be sure to use non-porous stones that don’t absorb water and then freeze and crack in the winter. The size of the stones can vary quite a bit...

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...stone wool ], measurements of R-value per inch were made over a range of different temperatures more characteristic of in-service temperatures. As shown in Figure 1 below, these measurements found that the R value of both insulation types change with temperature, with the polyisocyanurate [polyiso] demonstrating a more...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...stone. 2) Ask your contractor to protect topsoil for future use. Excavated topsoil should be placed in a designated spot and protected from washing away with a waterproof covering such as a tarp. DRAINAGE under Slab on Grade Foundations: At the bottom of the foundation drainage trench, install rigid French drai...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...stone of passive solar design, December 21st and June 21st when the sun is at its highest and lowest points. In Passive Solar design, window size and placement along with overhangs and shading are determined based on these two dates to ensure maximum exposure at midday December 21st, and maximum shading at midday Jun...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...stone, tile and plaster) rather than cast iron like wood and pellet stoves. Masonry heaters are an extremely efficient way to heat with wood, as they burn efficiently, and the exhaust gas is directed through a lengthy series of heat exchange channels that warm the stone. masonry heater image via Pinterest This ...

Can I legally put a Tiny House on my Property?
Tiny house

How can I put a Tiny House on my property legally in the USA ?

...stone or compacted stone. They want it to be safely hooked to the water and sewer system of the main house, with power lines trenched unless the house is powered by solar panels. Units must be skirted with wheels hidden. Some communities require the skirting to be fireproof as well to avoid any embers from blowing ...

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters

...stone $3000-$5000 A beautiful natural surface, but being a relatively soft stone it can scratch easily. Finish it at first with a few coats of mineral oil, add more for colour consistancy over its life. Like many others, it's quite durable if you're okay with a few scratches from general use. No matter ho...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...stone, two feet out from the building perimeter. Install pins where the corners of the building will be. Install all sub-slab plumbing, electrical conduits and radon gas evacuation tubes. Note: We would strongly recommend seeking a plumber with experience in slab-on-grade construction. As all plumbing work will...

"The Boneyard" in Arizona, the world’s biggest aircraft graveyard
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Old airplane fuselage is finding a new life as recycled building material.

...stone. This procedure produces a very distinct, almost industrial aesthetic to the aluminum tiles. Arizona hosts the biggest aircraft graveyard in the world, dating back to 1946 and known as ‘The Boneyard’. This is the final resting place for 4000 aircraft including WWII bombers, fighter jets, helicopters and airline...