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Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...choosing the right insulation , or natural insulation such as Hemp , how wood structures compare to steel & concrete for carbon footprint, or learn about Passive House prefab kit homes , visit the EcoHome Green Building guide .

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...insulation starting around R40, and finding them as high as R60 and R70 is not that unusual anymore, nor is that much insulation overkill in a really cold climate. In contrast, a skylight will probably be rated somewhere between R3 and R5 if you're lucky. That is a seriously weak link in the chain. Since a skylight w...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...insulation of a building may be re-processed as insulation again in the future and the rest can be used as a source of energy that replaces non-renewable energy. Plywood walls instead of drywall: most of the interior surfaces, walls and cathedral ceiling are finished with plywood panels that are urea-formaldehyde fre...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...choosing XPS foam over other types of insulation will make the planet greener is by helping frozen tundra come back to life. For help choosing the most Eco-friendly rigid foam insulation panels, see here . 'We have been doing it now for so long that we really can't find better materials to build with" - Mike Reynolds...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

How to save money on hot water: We will discuss a number of ways to conserve water, particularly hot water, but all of that starts with using less in the first place! Choosing low flow fixtures and toilets will save a considerable amount of water and money, and probably the quickest and cheapest way to save hot wate...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...choosing the best insulation , improve air sealing in your home and installing energy recovery ventilation rather than paying for your own personal power generation, so you conserve the energy you have already paid for instead of ramping up your supply of home grown energy. Solar thermal systems in particular can be ...

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Interior design and furnishing

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...insulation materials in the residential housing industry, and they are full of fire retardants, even in applications where there is simply no way they will combust, such as when used for below-grade walls and floors. Change is slow but coming: An important advocacy voice in bringing this change comes from, of all p...

Suspended-film insulating glass windows are high-performance windows
Windows and doors

Suspended-film insulating glass windows - A definitive guide for these high-performance windows

...insulation levels by creating additional hermetically-sealed chambers of air within two exterior panes of glass with one or more polymer films in the interior under tension. The films act in much the same way as glass by separating chambers of air, but each ‘pane’ of a suspended-film window is virtually weightless. A...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...choosing a home to retire into." says Benoit Gingras - President of Batiment Pre-fab, the manufacturers This contemporary prefab Eco Home is the perfect mix of affordability, quality and performance © Studio MMA This room is visually and functionally enlarged by the adjoining deck area . Enclosed to the roa...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...insulation is best for different applications Choosing the right rigid insulation boards Eco-friendly flooring options Choosing safe paint Find durable and healthy green kitchen counters Eco-friendly green building products for sustainable home construction As the home owner, the final choice on materials...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...insulation, people seem to have better luck with choosing mineral wool/rockwool insulation such as ROCKWOOL rather than choosing rigid foam insulation . There is no conclusive documentation we have found to support this, but the theory we have read is that the stone fibers cut the termite’s exoskeletons, whereas foam p...