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The off-grid Ecocapsule accessory dwelling unit
Tiny house

The off-grid Ecocapsule tiny house

...waste, the Ecocapsule can be used as a tiny home, a pop-up hotel, a humanitarian refuge, or even an electric car charging station. Its 9744Wh battery is powered by a 750W silent wind turbine and 600W solar outputs that enable it to operate completely off-grid. A dual-power system offers an additional source of electr...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...wasted time, labor, and materials on a project. 4. Spray foam and XPS foam with lower emission blowing agents Styrofoam board insulation and spray foam insulation have always had a bad rap in the green home construction industry, and not without good reason , but the true problem is not what most people think. A br...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...waste water drains ever had an issue, the water table only has to get above the height of the lip of the bowl and then the sewage will backfeed and fill the basement. Did we mention yet that we're not huge basement fans for a whole list of reasons? This is one of them - so while up-to-date code in certain areas insis...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...waste chemicals produced left to bioaccumulate too. Why not to install windows and doors with spray foam... When installing windows and doors in a home , it's essential to put comprehensive strategies in place to manage moisture in all forms, being air leakage, condensation on windows which can be hard to stop ...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...waste from landfills. What is synthetic gypsum board? Synthetic gypsum board, with up to 96% recycled content (or 'drywall' to use its common street name), is manufactured using waste sulphur dioxide from combustion gases in industrial chimneys. There are many advantages to choosing synthetic drywall; namely, any...

MIBOP energy modeling software from Mindscape Innovations
Concept and design

Free online energy modeling from Mindscape Innovations for home optimization

...waste - see our comprehensive guide for fridge organization here .

Earth day celebrations for 50th Anniversary
Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...waste - because that goes hand-in-hand with food productiion. The food waste that might previously have been on its way to a landfill has tremendous value and can be used to grow more food in your own home and yard. Learn about the impact of your diet on climate change – find out what foods are not only healthier for...

Detergent-free eco friendly Laundry balls
Cleaning and maintenance

Do Laundry balls work?

...waste, and shipping. Maybe the solution is to have laundry balls for general use with lightly soiled items, but also an eco-friendly laundry soap with a bit more bite in it for dirtier loads. In the long run, it is left up to the consumer's own values, and balancing the appearance of our clothes and household fabrics...

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?

...waste , composting , disposing of construction waste and other easy lifestyle changes to reduce your environmental footprint in these pages : Building with recycled shipping pallets How to sort and dispose of compost and household waste How to grow food at home sustainably in a backyard lasagna garden...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...waste cooling power during summer and heating power during winter - which is why using HRV and ERV systems is recommended to reduce energy loss whilst ventilating homes. When there are wildfires in the area though causing a smoky atmosphere, an airtight envelope also helps prevent the infiltration of smoke. Airtightn...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...waste from landfill. Using fly-ash, a by-product of coal fired power plants, to reduce the amount of cement needed in the building concrete, resulting in a 20% reduction in carbon emissions compared to regular concrete. Extracting and manufacturing 26% of construction materials from within 800 km of Bluewat...