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Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...and assist the general contractor and their subcontractors in respecting and implementing the overall design intent of the green roof system. The GRP can also w...

Suzlon's LEED Platinum wind power living laboratory in India
Lifestyle and environment

Green Building is accelerating around the world

...and the significance of that growth, we believe professionals must have data and dialogue to make more informed decisions about how they design and construct bu...

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

...planning and successfully building an eco-friendly and sustainable green home: 1. Save a budget (and keep some in reserve) This is sort of a no-brainer, but...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...and cooling as a concept has been around for thousands of years . When early man was cold and it was sunny out he sat in the sun, when he was cold and it was ov...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...design and ability to retain heat by a combination of thermal mass and high performance insulation and building envelope design would make it very easy to limit...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...and showers, then filtering and treating it so it can be safely and practically used. Not as drinking water of course, but for toilets and irrigation. This is a...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...and calculations, and requires assembling a dedicated team of collaborators for the design and build, including the guidance of a PHIUS consultant. Why build ...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...and that also hold insulation off areas that may get hot if still using incandescent bulbs. The best solution all around is to replace old, leaky and incandesce...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...and requires a thorough understanding of the physics behind it so you don’t unwittingly design it to fail. To understand the difference between air barriers and...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...and orienting your greenhouse here . 2.) Insulate! Insulate the North wall and some of the East and West walls to reduce heat loss a...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

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

...and feels like a real house then get out there and do it. They aren't so bad an idea that you should thwart your dreams and live an unfulfilled life. And fina...