Sun room / Guides

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

The best tips for buying windows

...sun in and keep the high summer sun out © Ecohome To avoid collecting unwanted heat in the summer, south glazing should be well-protected from the sun, whic...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...sunny window is a thermal battery of sorts as it captures and later releases heat from the sun. A well-insulated concrete floor acts as a thermal battery as w...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 7 tips for growing food in small spaces

...sun exposure, but many vegetables will tolerate partial shade, and a few could even be considered 'shade vegetables' as they won't tolerate full sun exposure. ...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...room for insulation, and the air/vapour barrier is sandwiched between walls where it won't need to be punctured for electrical work, as all wiring is done on th...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...sun's rays. Ironically, the heat extracted from buildings by air conditioners is blown into the street making air conditioning units another big player in pushi...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...sunny days, which should provide the bulk of the house's electricity consumption. Enough power to meet the total electrical demand during 4 days without sunshin...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...room, kitchen and living room) that are resistant to impacts and scratches Purebond® plywood for finishing and cabinetry that is free of urea formaldehyde and...

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...room homes to full-sized but eco-friendly 3 bedroom family homes - all with one huge difference compared to "standard" prefab houses - these are designed top to...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...sun and thermal mass; the north side is buried underground, though buildings in colder climates seem to include wood stoves. Power is generated onsite by phot...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...room windows may be noticed last, especially as it is a room not used very often. Signs to look out for with condensation around bedroom windows are; water on t...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...room feel larger than if the ceiling were painted a darker colour. Due to its typically darker shade, there is the potential for a wood ceiling to make a room f...