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Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...house. Energy is then stored in your walls, in the form of tiny sealed beads of liquid that used to be solid when your home was 22°C. A lot of unwanted heat is removed from the air to make that happen. The walls at that point wouldn't be any hotter to the touch; the energy is used to cause the phase change from solid...

Tru Earth Eco strips laundry detergent reviews
Lifestyle and environment

Tru Earth Eco-Strip laundry soap reviewed as a liquid laundry detergent alternative

...tiny instructions on the bottle on dosage we can't read without our glasses on. I don't know about you, but we never remember to wear our readers when doing the laundry, and who even has time for that anyhow? Seriously. And, since no one wants their clothes to come out not completely clean, who doesn’t, at some point...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...house where food is produced all year. That's all great stuff and it seems to work fine in New Mexico, but now they want to take the show on the road, and this is where it can get a little touchy. If it's as good as they say and suitable for all climates, then it should stand up to scrutiny one would think. But, po...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...house that match exactly, but you could always just call that 'character'. They may require some minor repairs, sanding or paint removal. Be sure to use a proper mask because older painted doors will almost certainly contain lead paint. You can often find them on used material websites, as well as at reclaimed mate...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...house insulated with foam. And I’m still open, so by all means please make your case for or against foam insulation in the comment section below and try to change my mind back. In 2002, when I started to design my own house, I bounced between various wall assemblies, but not based on any hard facts. I listened to the...

Under bed storage
Interior design and furnishing

Storage ideas for small spaces

From underneath a bed, under a subfloor or the underside of the staircase, there are many underutilized areas in a home that can make life in a small home a lot less cluttered. Here are some ideas on how to transform dead space into storage space. Use the bottom of the bed as a storage with drawers on wheels...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...House Program. At that time, council asked staff to report back after the first 100 laneway house applications had been approved, or after 3 years, whichever came first. The 100th laneway house application was approved in July 2010. Council has already mandated the expansion in both the Housing and Homelessness Str...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...houses rot while old ones are in great shape? It should be no wonder that a house full of air leaks with durable materials and very little insulation could remain in almost the same condition today as it was 100 years ago. While trying to stay warm with our roaring fires we effectively kiln dried houses from the insi...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...house. Something to remember - the reason we dig down 4 or 5 feet in cold climate zones is so the ground acts as insulation against frost heave. 'Insulation' does this as well, so laying a rigid foam insulation board down (foam or stone wool) below and around the deck block may reduce the chances of movement from fro...

Wood Combustion - How it works and the different stages
Wood stove and biomass heat

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns & How to get the best heat while being eco-friendly

...tiny bit) but we are getting close! At this point, we are over five hundred degrees and temperatures are on the rise. The chemical structure of the wood starts to break down and the process of pyrolysis begins. Pyrolysis “liberates organic gases and leaves carbon rich charcoal”. This process also creates a mixture of h...

The Archipod
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Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

...house gas emissions. According to a 2011 report by the Telework Research Network, if compatible workers in Canada spent just two days working from home every week, we could save 390 million litres of gas and 5.2 million barrels of oil annually. The environmental and economic benefits of telecommuting may be obvious...