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Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...windling supply. Windmills have a similar footprint as they are made mostly of steel, along with fiberglass and plastics, and they are seated on a concrete base. Then and only then, can the ‘clean electricity’ be generated and delivered to your home. Solar panel manufacturing facility How do I buy green energ...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...wind speeds, snow loads, rainfalls, heat waves and deep freezes we have designed for in the past will in all likelihood not reflect the climate in the future. Extreme weather conditions push house performance to the limits - time for more eco homes? How to future-proof your home There has always been mockery ...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...wind loads if there are any, which are primarily based on the climate zone. Homes also need sufficient insulation of the best type and be correctly proportioned for energy-efficiency , whether they are in heating or cooling climates. And homes in any climate should be built to be airtight for reasons of durability (to ...

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.

...Windows: Unfortunately, at the time we built the SCH the best windows were only about R2. These windows were essentially holes in the walls. We placed most of the windows on the South side, and because of their poor Rvalue we installed shutters on the outside of the windows. The large windows on the main floor had ...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...windows have a lifespan of about 20 years, so it is fairly normal to have to replace them. Window thermal unit, image via Europages Replacing window thermals is often an option, that's done without having to remove and change the entire window, you just remove the trim on the inside of the window (whether it is...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...wind? If I were at highway speeds heading into a strong headwind I'd probably be watching my rear view mirror to see if I was leaving my own asphalt on the asphalt. Rolling down the highway with a gable roof and front porch is really hard not to see as a trend destined to pass. What a tiny house needs: First of all...

Wind turbine © Jinterwas, Flickr
Lifestyle and environment

Clean energy infrastructure and efficient-housing for Canada's Indigenous communities

Representatives from 18 communities across Canada attended three week-long intensive sessions last summer as part of the clean energy capacity-building 20/20 Catalysts Program , sharing knowledge and experience in the development of clean energy infrastructure. Riding on that success, this summer the focus will be on ...

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...Wind pressure as well as interior mechanical ventilation also affects the air pressure in a home and will force air out any breach in your air barrier. Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly Why roof vents are needed During winter, warm and humid air escaping though any punctures...