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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 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...

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...

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...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

...sunlight, it would drop no lower than 10°C. With even minimal sunlight and no supplementary heat, this house will easily remain at or above 18°C. A heating sy...

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? 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...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 8 great 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. ...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...sun. This main room is 650 sqft and provides a genuinely open feeling by the way it's arranged, even in the most compact version at only 550 sqft overall. "...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home temperature of 20-21°C outside, but if it's cloudy, windy and humid, I'll want a jacket. Conversely, if you give me a wind-sheltered spot in the sun on a 1...

Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables for Homes & Apartments
Food production

Food & Greens can be grown easily indoors - here's how!

...sun. Keep up your twice-daily soaking routine for probably 3 to 5 days, at which point you will have a jar full of thick green sprouts ready to eat. (If your ...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...rooms, 2 baths Nice screen porch facing the river Upside-down design, with living spaces on the upper level, and the bedrooms on the lower level Passive s...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...sun. And unfortunately for many homeowners, the way basements were finished for the last few decades is about as logical as jogging in a raincoat. Above grade...