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Flame retardants are found in almost all manufactured materials. They pose a serious health risk yet are virtually useless for preventing fires.

Flame retardants in furnishings -  an unnecessary and serious health risk

Living in a recycled shipping container house is not all its cracked up to be. Here is a look at the ups and downs of this housing trend.

Shipping container houses :  modern looking, compact and recycled, but do they make sense?

The BRE Innovation Park will be expanding its facilities to conduct research into advanced building products and technologies

Seven experimental homes being built at the Living City Campus North of Toronto

How to build decks with greater durability - material choices and construction techniques for longer lifespans

10 tips for building decks that will last longer

The Cardboard Wikkelhouse from Fiction Factory falls under our 'too cool not to share' category.

Wikkelhouse: A tiny house made of cardboard

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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Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Flame retardants are found in almost all manufactured materials. They pose a serious health risk yet are virtually useless for preventing fires...
Shipping container home
Living in a recycled shipping container house is not all its cracked up to be. Here is a look at the ups and downs of this housing trend. ..
Aerial view of  BRE Innovation Park Living City Campus
The BRE Innovation Park will be expanding its facilities to conduct research into advanced building products and technologies..
Cedar deck and stairs under construction
How to build decks with greater durability - material choices and construction techniques for longer lifespans..
The Fiction Factory Wikkelhouse tiny house made of carboard
The Cardboard Wikkelhouse from Fiction Factory falls under our 'too cool not to share' category. ..
When should you replace windows
Replacing old windows in all but the most extreme cases will not save money in your lifetime. Repairing old windows or adding layers may be a more cost-effective solution...
Permeable interlock paver stones
How to create landscaping surfaces that allow for the absorption of storm water...
Flooded streets Calgary Alberta
The importance and the benefits of creating buildings and landscapes that retain and manage rainwater on site...
Short of a wood stove, pretty much all heating systems require power to operate. So in the event of an apocalypse (zombie, climate, asteroid, etc) these two pellet stoves can keep you warm when the power goes out. ..
Earthship in Taos, New Mexico
Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates come with a much heavier environmental cost than they claim and contradict the laws of physics...
Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
With a little creativity and ingenuity small spaces can be maximized for a greater harvest and look great doing so!..
Aeratron AE2 ceiling fan
To ensure comfort and get the highest efficiency from the systems in the Edelweiss House air must circulate. ..