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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

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.

DIY pop can solar air heaters - homemade solar heat!

Built largely with reclaimed and salvaged materials, Jenine Alexander built this beautiful Tiny home for less than $3,500

DIY Tiny House for less than $3,500

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.

Drainage planes and air spaces: how to install siding so walls can dry

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.

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

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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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. ..
Rain barrels for storm water management and rainwater harvesting
Whether you plan to use rainwater for toilets, showers or properly filtered for drinking, harvesting rainwater can be an excellent part of a home water efficiency strategy. ..
Spray polyurethane foam on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Foundation leaks and poor building practices have led to an epidemic of basement mold and rotting walls in Canada. Simple changes in wall design will result in much better basements without mold and mildew. ..
Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Basement mold and mildew can easily be avoided with better designed walls. Common building practices trap moisture in wall assemblies preventing them from drying...
Reduce water consumption with residential grey water recycling systems
Recycling grey water is becoming more and more commonplace. It reduces the burden on urban sewage treatment along with protecting a quickly dwindling natural resource...