Passive House Institute Says NO to Spray Foam

Passive House Institute Says NO to Spray Foam

Feb 26

The Passive House Institute U.S. has eliminated its support for the use of certain types of spray foam insulation that use harmful blowing agents which deplete the ozone and contribute to global warming. This is a very big step against a product which has been deemed as one of the most effective methods for insulating buildings. Despite the many benefits, including its air sealing properties and...

Nesting

Nesting

Dec 15

This weeks discovery is a new product from Nest. It’s an intuitive, wi-fi connected, smart phone connected, energy miser and statistician. The only thing it won’t do is order pizza. After further review it seems to be gaining a good amount of hype and some great reviews according to purchasers. It’s available now and according to the website can be installed in less than 20...

+ Pool in NYC for Everyone

+ Pool in NYC for Everyone

Jun 26

It’s amazing what can happen when a couple of good guys get together over a case of beer on a hot day in NYC. If this goes ahead I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw this in the Thames, Seine. More than that, the reasearch involved in this could even result in some very interesting methods for fresh water filtration and clean up of some of the worlds dirtiest rivers. + Pool: A Floating...

Sourcing Green Construction Materials

Sourcing Green Construction Materials

Jun 26

When undertaking a renovation or a new construction, it’s important to take the time to evaluate your materials. Sourcing good materials is everything when attempting to build sustainably. It’s no longer about the cheapest price, there’s much more to consider. These are just a few questions you need to ask yourself when you’re considering environmentally friendly...

Advanced Framing – Swedish Platform Method

Advanced Framing – Swedish Platform Method

Jun 19

This is one of the best alternatives to conventional North American wall framing. The site http://blog.lamidesign.com has provided a comprehensive review of a framing method used in Sweeden where they have eliminated issues with insulating between joist cavities, retaining the vapour barrier for air tightness, ensuring its continuity, and eliminating further unnecessary studs to eliminate...

Formaldehyde and Styrene Listed as Known Carcinogens

Formaldehyde and Styrene Listed as Known Carcinogens

Jun 17

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has just released their 12th report on carcinogen. Two widely used substances found readily in building materials have just been listed. Formaldehyde is an organic compound and naturally occurring substance widely used in the building industry as a binder for various products. It’s typically found in particle board, plywoods, MDF, and...

Introduction to Green Roofs

Introduction to Green Roofs

Mar 22

Green roofs have been around for quite some time, but here in North America, they’re only starting to gain momentum, particularly in the residential sector. The market currently is mainly catered to the commercial/industrial sector and many cities including Toronto have passed bylaws which mandate that at least 10% of the total roof area includes a green roof. Much interest exists in the...

Green inspired

Green inspired

Mar 19

One of the best tricks for reducing heat gain from the suns rays is an adaptable green wall. It shades in the summer when you need it the most and allows light to pass through in the winter to reduce the cold on an exterior wall. Here’s an interesting application: JetsonGreen