Why LED Lighting Is the Way of the Future

When it comes to cutting costs, we normally attribute it to going for lower quality materials or products that use less energy overall. It’s understandable to think that saving on energy automatically means that the quality of the products you’ll be using will suffer. After all, this is true for most other things whether at home or a more professional environment like an office space. However, there are some things out there that miraculously improve in all aspects as time goes by. One of the Read more […]

Determining the Best LED Downlight Before Buying One

LED downlights are now becoming a popular choice because they are safer, more efficient and they last longer. They come in different sizes and colours. If you are using them at home or for industrial purposes, here are some points to take into consideration to ensure you will have the best option. LED colour temperature should be 2700k If you are buying one for your house, the usual warm and ambient feeling must be felt just like when halogen or incandescent lights are used. This effect can be Read more […]

Why You Should Choose Quartz for Your Kitchen Worktop

The utilisation of quartz to serve as the surface of kitchen worktops has risen in popularity over the years. It’s become an economical approach for many homeowners not because of the price tag associated with it, but the advantages that this engineered and manmade stone has over its natural counterparts. The ever-popular and traditional marble or granite are certainly materials that are worth their weight in gold, but quartz is nothing to scoff at. Here are a few reasons why you should choose Read more […]

Why Relocation is Simply Best Left to Professionals

Relocation can often mean a lot of stress for everyone involved. Unfortunately, regardless of whether or not you have a lot of items that you need to move, the issues tend to be the same for everyone. Sometimes, to cut back on costs a few savvy homeowners might think to deal with the move themselves. This can be an attractive prospect because it eliminates the need for paying a professional moving service. However, if you don’t have any experience with relocation then it is highly recommended that Read more […]

Domespace Homes Rotate With The Sun

In passive solar design, a home is oriented with the main axis running east and west so that the home faces essentially south (or north if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere). With this orientation and lots of south-facing windows, the home is passively heated by the sun in the winter. With proper window shading, the windows will stay shaded during the summer, minimizing heat gain. But what if instead of properly aligning your home for the sun, your home actually followed the sun? That’s the Read more […]

My Mileage is Better Than Your Mileage

You may have heard about folks out there who describe themselves as “hypermilers”. What is that, you might ask? Well, it’s basically just someone who gets more out of a gallon of gas than the rest of us. Not a little more, though, but A LOT more – hypermilers can often nearly double the EPA listed mileage for a given car. One of the leaders in the hypermiler movement, Wayne Gerdes, can get nearly 60 mpg out of his 2005 Honda Accord (EPA est 34 mpg), and once got 127 mpg out of a Prius (EPA Read more […]

Turbo Diesels Take on Hybrids

Recently I test drove of the new Volkswagen Jetta TDI Diesel. It accelerated on to the freeway faster than my Toyota Prius.  Driving freeways and stop-go city, I wondered which would be the bigger seller, the new European turbodiesels or the Japanese Hybrids. For Detroit, May was the cruelest month, as they were outsold by Asia for the first time. Fuel economy is in; gas guzzling is being punished. General Motors, Ford Motor and Chrysler combined for a record low market share of 44.4 percent, compared Read more […]

Affordable Shipping Container House in Quebec

Shipping containers are at the forefront of a new era of usefulness. Traditionally used to carry goods via cargo ship, train or truck, these steel boxes are capable of withstanding huge amounts of pressure and weight. This makes them structurally stable, fireproof, mold-proof and weather-proof. Unfortunately each has a lifespan of only 20 years for its original purpose. That means when their work is done hauling stuff, they get retired and sent to junk yards or landfills even though they are still Read more […]

Wedge House – Prefab Modular Plus Custom Design

The Wedge House in Durham, North Carolina is part modular home, part custom design. The home’s wedge shape was created by using 3 modular prefabricated homes. A single modular is on one side, while the other two are stacked opposite with a slanted roof connecting the two. As prefab homes have greater control on tightness and building quality, they are often considered to be more efficient homes built with less waste. Custom homes though, tend to fit the lifestyle of the inhabitants better. Read more […]

Preservation: The Greenest Building is the One That’s Already Built

Tearing down our homes seems to be almost a national pastime. Americans have always viewed anything old with suspicion, and that makes sense when we’re talking about outdated concepts of governing such as having an inbred, pinky finger-wagging king tell us what to do. But when it comes to the architectural legacy left to us by preceding generations of Americans, this approach not only robs us of unique neighborhoods and our history, but also is insanely destructive to the environment. According Read more […]