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Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

Learn the steps to creating a successful commercial green roof - concept, design and maintenance.… Commercial Green Roof Case Study AB Canada Nestled in the Oldman River valley in Lethbridge Alberta, the green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature Centre (HSNC) has been attracting local and international attention from vis…

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

Learn how to fix Ice dams on your roof before they cause damage… Ice dams form at the bottom of roofs, letting water penetrate and cause damage to the interior of walls and roofs.  When snow melts on a roof it runs down until it meets the unheated bottom edge of a roof and then freezes. This chunk of ice is called an …

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?

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

A roof leak isn't really a roof leak if it’s leaking in on a sunny spring day as the snow finally starts to thaw. It's more likely a build up of frost and ice in your roof space - so how to prevent it?… Frost in Attics: why is there Ice in my roof?  When a warm sunny day arrives after a long cold stretch and it seems …

Living green roof installation on the Edelwiess house

DIY green roof installation video

A living green roof can last far longer than many other roofing systems when installed properly.… DIY Green Roof Installation The following DIY green roof video shows the steps needed to ensure your green roof will not leak. Watch more Green Building Guide videos from EcoHome on YouTube here The most common building…

Mineral wool insulation in roof by Rockwool - LEED Platinum V4

Mineral wool insulation in roofs by Rockwool

Mineral wool batts being installed in roof for a total of R95 - Contributing to a LEED Platinum V4 certification for EcoHome's Edelweiss House… Mineral wool roof insulation used to best effect: Watch more Green Building Video Guides on the EcoHome YouTube Channel here The Ecohome's Edelweiss House LEED Platinum certi…

Metal roof with solar panels

How to choose roofing materials

Choose durable roofing materials that will last through wind, precipitation and exposure to U.V rays.… 1. Asphalt shingles: Asphalt shingles © Ecohome We’ll start with shingles to get it out of the way, because choosing an eco-friendly, durable roof covering starts first with dismissing any idea of installing asphal…

Urban farming

Landscaping, outdooring & urban farming

Sustainable home landscaping has permeable surfaces, doesn't require a lot of watering, and ideally incorporates rainwater collection. Urban farming means you can eat what grows there, and that's even better.… How to grow vegetables and fruits in a garden Plants survived long before humans were around to water them, s…

Dog strangling vine invasive species

Avoiding invasive species when landscaping

How to identify and choose plants that are native to your region.… Invasive plants are defined as plants from other continents, countries or even other regions of Canada. Humans have been introducing foreign plants to new lands since the 17th century, for horticultural, agricultural or medicinal purposes. Due to a lac…

Living green wall

Living walls: what they do and don't do

Bring nature into your home with a living green wall, but don't count on it for air purification.… It is well-documented that indoor air is filled with contaminants, mostly due to cooking (specifically burning) and improperly vented combustion appliances (woodstoves, gas water heaters, gas ranges, etc.). Following tha…

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

Condensation on windows is a pain in winter and runs down the wall can mean hidden issues in our homes - What causes fogged up windows, how big a problem is it and, most importantly, how do we stop it?… Condensation on Windows – Is it Bad? It’s that time of year when condensation on windows becomes a pain, we wake up…

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates can't work because they contradict the laws of physics.… I'm not the Mike Reynolds who invented the Earthship, I'm the Mike Reynolds who thinks Earthships in Canada and other cold climates are a bad idea. A coincidence of names; just putting that out there so Th…

News

Chicago green roof

Toronto Bylaw to Mandate Green Roofs

Toronto will soon see an explosion of green space in the downtown core as residential and commercial buildings comply with new bylaws. In the process we will see a cooler city, cleaner air, cleaner water and lower utility costs. All that and a great place… It's becoming increasingly more common to hear of record break…

Bosco Verticale, The World's First Vertical Forest

Bosco Verticale, the world's first vertical forest

Vertical forests and vertical agriculture have long been dreamed of to help meet the need for urban food production and green space, but nothing ever got past the blueprints. Bosco Verticale in Milan is the first to break ground.… Canadian cities are relatively clean, green and few are severely overpopulated. Even in …

Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office

2015 Award Winning Project: Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office

It's that time of year when the Canadian Green Building Awards are granted. Among this years winners: MEC's Head Office… Originally published on the Sab Mag blog, click through to see the rest of this years awardees. Jury comment A very high-performance building that does justice to its client’s corporate philosophy a…

The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Designed to exceed LEED Platinum status, architects Perkins + Will are pursuing the Living Building Challenge with the The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre.… The 19,000 square foot VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre creates a harmonious balance between architecture and landscape from a visual and ecologi…

Advice

How do you insulate a ceiling and finish it on the inside with wood?

Posted by antonija klotz Oct. 20, 2019, 7:31 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you build a cathedral ceiling?

Posted by Raoul Lions Oct. 19, 2019, 8:07 a.m. Roof assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you build a flat roof in Miami Florida?

Posted by Michael Langlois Aug. 4, 2019, 11:52 a.m. Roof coverings 0 Responses

How you vent a metal roof?

Posted by Kim jarrett July 12, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

How do I stop a leak from my attic?

Posted by Markus Duess Feb. 11, 2019, 12:42 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

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