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Bullfrog clean power
Renewable energy

Bullfrog Power makes clean renewable energy available to all of us.

...use is green?" They don't, that's not how it works. Even if you have solar panels on your roof, the actual electricity you use is for the most part not the electricity you generated. The bulk of electricity generated by home solar panels happens in the middle of the day when most of us are at work and our homes are u...

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles installation just got easier
Solar photovoltaic

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

...usiness. There is a lot of speculation about what the Telsa master plan is, because they make waves in whatever industry they target. If Elon Musk was a global leader in producing high-polluting products he would be the perfect Bond movie super-villain, but thankfully for us he is using his powers for good. Kudos to ...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...us and durable house in the future is a great start. I'm going to end this with a quote, because this young lady has captured the hearts and minds of such a widespread demographic for "telling it as it is:" "Our house is on fire. I am here to say, our house is on fire. [...] I want you to act as you would in a cr...

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, viruses
Healthy indoor air quality

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

...usually made of higher quality materials, and can last anywhere from three to six months depending on the components, the brand, the frequency of use, and the types of particles the filter needs to capture, and how susceptible those in the home are to pollen, dust, mites, mold, pathogens and viruses. While we can fol...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...us technical challenge for most average house builders in North America. To further complicate matters is the fact there are not one but two certification bodies in the US, PHI (Passive House Institute) and PHIUS (Passive House Institute US) and for Canada there is Passive House Canada and the Canadian Passive House In...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...use is credited as being the catalyst behind the Canadian R-2000 program as well as the PassivHaus program that started in Germany and spread Passive House design across the globe. Here is a presentation Harold recently gave on the Saskatchewan Conservation House, which he has graciously allowed us to republish. His ...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...ustry. The color is used to identify different companies. These pallets may be used for international shipping, and used repeatedly, so there is more chance of contamination due to the leaking of the contents they were used to ship. If you are looking for colored shipping pallets for a build, particularly using rec...

Wall assemblies - new construction

Wood framing

...use are FSC certified, and provided by our sponsor Kott Lumber . Kott engineered the plans for us , supplying detailed framing documents including a cut list for each framing member. We were also provided with a wood order to match, along with pre-cut lengths whenever possible. This gave us multiple points towards LE...

Celsius Solar Igloo
Solar thermal collectors

Celsius: The solar heated igloo!

...Us: So what exactly is Celsius, the solar igloo? L. McC : Celsius is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Inuit shelter, with solar power used to provide the energy needed to heat and illuminate the igloo.. Us: Can you describe the igloo? L. McC : Sure, the walls are comprised of a light wooden frame covere...

The Zoetrope DIY Vertical Wind Turbine Design
Wind power

The Zoetrope: Open Source DIY Vertical Wind Turbine Design

...ustrious amongst us. The Zoetrope was conceived when renewable energy advocate, Mike Marohn commissioned Applied Sciences to design a small scale wind turbine he could use to provide supplemental water heating. Applied Sciences then decided to make the design widely available to others along with an introduction to w...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...US; first un-insulated, the second insulated to meet Building Code (R10) and the third insulated to R20, the minimum we would recommend in Canadian and US cold climate zones, for comfort and a good return on investment. Modelled using a 4-inch concrete floor, you can see that in the first image of an uninsulate...