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Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...buy green energy? Not everyone can afford a rooftop solar installation to ensure their own green power, and not everyone has a roof that can even accommodate PV solar panels. US states and Canadian provinces will have varying levels of green energy that is fed into the grid from renewable sources, so depending on w...

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil
Flooring and stairs

Sanding your own wood floors

...to to change directions, whereas a level sander mechanically lifts and lowers the drum. It's important to start the machine with the paper OFF the floor. Once you tilt it down and the sandpaper touches the wood, it will instantly start pulling you.This forces the operator to switch actions from pushing to pulling - u...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house


...to buy that cute home decoration, expand your kitchenware, or buy those new outfits you've seen – and some might counter that that’s a good thing. Storage is very limited when it comes to Tiny Homes, and if you have to pay for storage elsewhere to keep all the items you just couldn't part with, it defeats the whole pur...

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?

...toxic ones) as highlight features. They were quite beautiful, and we admire the spirit of reusing building materials , but for certain applications, the risks of toxic chemicals off-gassing is just too great, in our opinion, to make it worthwhile. How to read the stamps on a shipping pallet to see if it's safe to bui...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...to begin development of dormant land is a little too enticing to pass up. And that, is where urban sprawl begins. The greenest home is in the city First, just to clear up a likely misconception - most people would be surprised to hear that the most eco-friendly home you can buy is not an off-grid home out in the wo...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...to buy some. Beyond energy savings, a triple pane window offers greater durability, reduced sound transmission and a noticeably more comfortable home on cold days. All that is to say, you need to know how to choose the best windows for your house here and see here to know which type of window frame to choose between wo...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...to fall off in popularity around the time rockstars stopped wearing spandex, which was somewhere in the 80s. A trend started at that time towards alternatives to laminate counters, such as tile, granite, quartz, concrete and soapstone to name a few - but for the best quality in these countertops you also need a rocksta...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...to the middle leaving an opening at the top and bottom. When opened this way it creates an air convection and increases the amount of ventilation from a single window. Casement and awning windows offer a tighter seal, as they are pulled tight when locked, whereas sliders seal less tightly in or der to be able t...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...to link exposure to damp indoor environments in general to upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people and with asthma symptoms in people with asthma. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking exposure to damp indoor environments in general to shortness of breath, to ...

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?

...to fly your family to your in-laws to argue over Thanksgiving dinner. That is a totally arbitrary and baseless statement in case you think I don’t know; maybe your in-laws live around the corner. I just like to get a little saucy when I crop-dust my fellow green builders with a contentious topic. If we were able to f...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...to cancer is a title that has been applied to many common substances. This is meant neither to dismiss EMFs nor instill panic, but rather to tell you the issue is out there, and to help you make your own decisions. Humans have a long history of unknowingly exposing themselves to some pretty nasty things only to find ...