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Insulation saves heat and energy, but it takes energy to make it. A Zero Energy Building counts that embodied energy when determining its energy efficiency.

Snohetta 'Zero Energy Building' in Norway

Despite the best of intentions of their owners and builders, a container house may not be the ecological choice you think it is. Here is a look at some of the less talked about realities of container house living.

Container houses :  modern looking, compact and recycled, but are they green?

Soon to be riding along with the Natural Resources Canada R-2000 program will be a new pilot project that will recognize builders who achieve net zero energy performance in homes

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

What is a heat pump? An energy efficient home heating system that can save you some money. Read on to find out how they work and if it makes sense for you.

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

Say goodbye to chlorine and hello to beauty, by using plants for filtration and oxygenation of natural swimming pools.

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

Whether you are renovating or building a new home, our categorized guide pages can help you through the process. We have something for all projects, from location and design to finishing and landscaping.

Green building guide

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Snohetta Zero Energy Building in Norway
Insulation saves heat and energy, but it takes energy to make it. A Zero Energy Building counts that embodied energy when determining its energy efficiency...
Container house
Despite the best of intentions of their owners and builders, a container house may not be the ecological choice you think it is. Here is a look at some of the less talked about realities of container house living...
net zero energy home
Soon to be riding along with the Natural Resources Canada R-2000 program will be a new pilot project that will recognize builders who achieve net zero energy performance in homes..
What is a heat pump
What is a heat pump? An energy efficient home heating system that can save you some money. Read on to find out how they work and if it makes sense for you. ..
Natural backyard swimming pool (NSP)
Say goodbye to chlorine and hello to beauty, by using plants for filtration and oxygenation of natural swimming pools...
DIY pop can solar air heater
We love this concept. I mean we really love it. A DIY solar air heater like this is easy to build and can be done very cheaply, or for free if you are somewhat resourceful...
Jenine Alexander's homemade mobile tiny house
Built largely with reclaimed and salvaged materials, Jenine Alexander built this beautiful Tiny home for less than $3,500..
CaGBC, LEED green building trends
The report, titled Canada Green Building Trends: Benefits Driving the New and Retrofit Market, is the first of its kind in Canada...
Hardie Board being installed as rainscreen with air space and drainage plane
Forget trying to keep your walls dry, that's not going to happen. Accept defeat and design walls so they can dry when they get wet, which will definitely happen. ..
Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Dense-packed cellulose insulation in double stud walls offers high performance while maintaining a low carbon footprint. Here we bust some of the unfortunate myths and misunderstandings surrounding this type of wall construction. ..
Installing a rainwater catment system
If you think a rainwater catchment system might be what you're looking for, whether to maintain independance or to further water conservation, read on...
Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from water damage
Basements in Canada face serious challenges: fluctuating water tables, surface floods, thermal shock, radon gas infiltration, condensation, mold, mildew, rotting walls and heat loss. Better basements manage these issues. ..