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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...tor and greenhouse 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 t...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...to grave, you would need to know more than the amount of energy that will be consumed during operation; you need to know the embodied energy - which is the energy required to manufacture the building materials in the first place. The EC3 tool from Skanska is a free-to-use tool that has a data base of materials that a...

Hemp fibreboard and Hemp insulation - the Green Building choice
Wood and organic materials

Hemp building supplies

...to begin with hemp’s unique growth period. Hemp can go from seed to a ready-to-harvest material in as little as 120 days, making it one of the most rapidly-renewable materials in the world. To put this into perspective, some softwoods can take up to 120 years to create the same amount of usable biomass that a few acres...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...to save if you do a little digging. The only free or cheap building material we would be careful of is wooden shipping pallets - sertain of which have been treated against insect attack by highly toxic chemicals - make sure you know how to read pallet labels to see if they are toxic or can be safely reused for beds a...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...to forced air systems, to ensure ducts are installed correctly and that they will provide the necessary air flow to all rooms. This is the job of the HVAC contractor, and an example of where an accountability form will need to be signed by the contractor ensuring proper steps have been taken. 7.1 Good filters Force...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...To the southeast is a grassy yard big enough to cover the septic field, and to the east is a parking area with our solar panels tucked onto the north side of the clearing to reduce the shading from the trees. Unlike most of the homes built along the waterfront in our area, we did not clear sightlines towards the water,...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...to do. When choosing a place to live, check the walking distances from buses or subway stops, and see that the routes serve your needs. If you are close to the right public transportation, it can make getting around often cheaper and quicker. Access to car share programs is also something to look into that can make a...