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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 ...

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...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...and screw them to your walls, but unless you understand how your existing walls are built and how they "work" in terms of keeping moisture, heat and cold where ...

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...

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...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...and start mixing concrete. The one type of soil that may cause you grief and have you revisit your plans would be if you are building on clay. Clay will expan...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...and the main drivers and obstacles for using prefab and modular building and the benefits achieved, the study focused on the architects, engineers and contracto...

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

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...designated A, B, and C. Zone A being humid, Zone B being dry, and zone C Marine, where the warmest months don’t exceed 72 °F and winter temperatures range betwe...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...and designers to calculate the embedded energy of a building design, which means materials can be swapped in the design phase to keep the footprint as low as po...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...design and construction of green homes. Patrick is trained in business administration and information management, and is an experienced green building project m...