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Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...and help balance home temperatures with reduced energy demand for heating and cooling. With very little testing information available we're not comfortable making claims as to how well this or any other such products work, how long they will continue to work, and whether or not it is cost-effective. But we really lov...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...and cooling is to use that consistent interior earth temperature to balance our wildly varying North American & Canadian surface temperatures. With the use of heat pumps, geothermal heating and cooling systems extract heat energy and transfer it into buildings, saving approximately 50 to 60% on heating and cooling co...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...and safety of our creation, and then only wanted to hear how darn cute he was. And cute isn’t superficial. As our architects point out, we take better care of things that are beautiful. An ugly or trendy kitchen will get ripped out, landfilled, and replaced sooner than a simply beautiful one, with all the attendant e...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...andated the expansion in both the Housing and Homelessness Strategy (July 2011) and the Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability, which call for expanding the Laneway Housing Program to other zones. By legitimizing this burgeoning underground housing movement, the city ensured both health and safety standards woul...

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

...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 hydrocarbons in the form of liquid tar droplets and combustibles gases and digging in...