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Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...wood stove as a backup in case of emergencies. Personally, I like thermal mass in a home, but that's my just my preference. So don't sweat it too much either way, it's just another variable worth considering when designing a home.

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...Wood stoves: This is the simplest heat source to have in the absence of power . Assuming you are in a region that allows them (they are banned in some urban cores), firewood is fairly easy to come by, along with manufactured pressed-wood logs that can be found at most hardware stores. Manually-operated pellet stoves:...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...wood grained melamine to match the wood doors is not at all uncommon. Wood doors: We will be working in this example with maple 'Shaker' style five-piece doors with a flat plywood centre. This is by far the most popular and affordable wood door style. The five pieces are the two rails (horizontal), two stiles (vertic...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...stove when we left the house, but once you get used to an automated home, you won't want to live without it. For example, if you leave and forget to close the skylight, it will close automatically when it starts to rain, as well as open automatically if the temperature goes above 22C. An important part of certifying ...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...stove length and used as heating fuel if you or anyone you know heats their home with wood. Even if you follow the suggestions above, you will likely end up needing a dumpster for all but the smallest of projects. Look for private or municipal recycling centers, and if you are pursuing a green building certificatio...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...wood for kitchen furniture - which is also available as formaldehyde-free and pre-finished UV cured VOC free plywood which really brings out all the beauty of wood without filling the air in our homes with noxious chemicals. Carbon monoxide (CO) Carbon monoxide is often called the silent killer, as it is a colourle...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...stoves require power to run a hopper to feed fuel into the fire (with two exceptions) so, outside of the most efficient passively-heated homes, it's really just a traditional wood stove that will save your bacon (or help you cook it) when the power is out. A photovoltaic (PV) solar array that is designed to run the b...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...wood rot deep in the structure. The causes of air pressure differences: The ones you can't control are wind pressure and the stack effect, also known as 'chimney effect'. Wind creates either positive or negative air pressure on a particular side of a building, forcing air in on some sides and forcing it out on ot...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...wood stoves, kerosene lamps, and propane powered appliances. One can still find most of these electricity-light home systems, including such things propane lighting and propane powered refrigerators. However, these systems are made at such a small scale and are in such small demand, that they are quite expensive and ...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...wood-framed, 20’ x 40’ and 16 feet high inside. The north wall is buried about 6 feet deep and made with 310 old tires that are filled with sand. The three other sides allow light in, plus the south-facing roof. The north roof is metal. Rigid insulation was used below the floor and on the north wall. Glazing is a...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...wood-burning stoves or fireplaces , or if off-grid an electric-free wood pellet stove . Storing solar heat (thermal batteries): If you incorporate thermal mass into a home to store and release heat , you can distribute the heat collected over a longer period of time, and there are any number of creative ways to do ...