Tiles / Guides

Slate tile installation in bathrooom
Flooring and stairs

Slate Tile installation - video

...tiles. This can mean a bit more effort on the part of installers, but a more natural look with the finished product. Glendyne tiles are less porous than most other slate products, but sealants are recommended for natural stones.

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles installation just got easier
Solar photovoltaic

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

...tiles Tesla solar roof tiles is a very popular topic as people tend to love em' or hate em', so critiques will likely soon follow. But since there still is very little real-world data to see how the Tesla roof will perform, there is little we can say for or against. Tesla’s biggest flaws have always been meeting thei...

"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.

...tiles much like the way a quarry would slice 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 b...

DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video
Flooring and stairs

Cork flooring installation - the eco-friendly flooring choice, with "how to" video

...tiles and install it with the right products, it doesn't off-gas toxins into our homes either - contributing to better and healthier interior air quality - making it one of the most sensible, affordable and agreeable Eco-friendly flooring choices available. The Edelweiss House is a slab-on-grade concrete floor covere...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...tiles or what has become known as Solar Roofs. Simply with the mention of that, it is likely that at least a few of you instantly thought of the Tesla Solar Roof. Good on ya, or good on Elon Musk I guess, for getting in your head. However, what many don't realize is that Tesla is not the only solar shingle manufacturer...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...tiles. Pros: Excellent thermal properties for heat absorption; very durable; can be locally sourced in much of Canada. Cons: They will require a sealer or finish when the stone is not polished so try to choose non-toxic finishes. Cost: Starting around $4 but can go up to $25 per sq.ft. Ceramic tiles: Cerami...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...tiles. Because the color penetrates throughout the material, colors remain bright and don’t fade. Marmoleum is the flooring of choice for many green consumers because it’s made from materials that are natural and renewable. The main ingredient is linseed oil, which gives linoleum its name. Linseed oil comes from fl...

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change
Planning and Design

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

...tiles or drain tiles) and ensure that they functioning properly If you install gutters, avoid directing them into those footing drains. If the drain can’t handle the volume during a heavy downpour, you may be inviting basement water infiltration. Downspouts should be directed downhill and well away from the house, re...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...tiles. Any backfill against walls should drain easily, and weeping tile drains should be covered with a geotextile membrane to prevent clogging. The inclusion of a clean-out junction in weeping tiles can allow for easy long term maintenance. Foundation perimeter surface drain © Ecohome A surfa...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...tiles, even a large volume of wood like timber frames. Intentionally adding greater amounts of thermal mass in a building can be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on a lot of factors, and there is no right answer as to whether or not it will benefit you specifically on a day-to-day basis. Turning down thermost...

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?

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

...tiles chosen, some are more durable than others and some will more easily show marks. As with any porous material, we recommend a food-safe sealer. Butcher Block $2500-$6000 One of the easier DIY materials choices: wood is a renewable resource, and with a non-toxic finish this can be one of the healthiest and...