Technology / Guides

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...technology will be developed, but no such commercially available system exists yet. Therefore, our best option at present is to err on the side of safety, and...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

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

...technology has greatly advanced since then). Further to that, while we offer full kudos for the collection and use of rainwater, the concrete tank along with ...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...technology that never got far beyond being just a gimmick. If there is something new going on here that's great, but they've given very few details so we are ho...

The Archipod
Tiny house

Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

...technology are making the possibility of working from home a viable alternative to schlepping ourselves to the office. When we consider eliminating the daily ...

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles installation just got easier
Solar photovoltaic

Tesla solar roof gains ground with target of 1000 solar roofs / week

...technology problem to have an integrated solar cell with a roof tile, have it look good, and last for 30 years.” As for cost, Musk went on to say: “I am very ...

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?

...technology is evolving rapidly, causing energy-savvy builders to take notice as the technology improves and the prices come down. If you are unfamiliar with how...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...technology in their back pocket. Smart thermostats: In the average home, the inclusion of intelligent thermostats could mean a savings of 10 to 20% on your ...

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...technology . While that is an encouraging number, it is only a fraction of the 5500 concrete plants estimated to be in operation in the US alone - so if you're ...

The Elegant Farm hydroponic bottle garden
Landscaping

Hydroponic bottle gardener launches kickstarter campaign

...technology development informed his approach to product design, with a particular focus on taking responsibility for the lifecycle of materials. This meant subs...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...technology is not as suitable for Canada’s colder climate, as the power that is necessary for the instantaneous heating of water (which is close to zero degrees...

An attic with 'insulating paint' which doesn't insulate
Insulation and soundproofing

Does 'insulating paint' work?

...technology originated there but its value ended there as well and NASA was not involved in any way with paint products in the residential housing market. im...