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Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Learn the steps to creating a successful green roof - concept, design and maintenance...
Tesla Solar Roof shingles
The name Tesla inspires visions of fast cars, rocket ships, high speed trains and now home solar roofs. So far they are big on fanfare but short on hard facts...
Off-grid leed home
How to keep power consumption at a minimum in an off-grid house without affecting quality of life...
Icicles are an indication of heat loss, which can cause damage to insulation
Tips for preparing your house for winter: how to make your house more efficient, more durable and more comfortable. ...
Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home battery
Aquion Energy's Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) saltwater batteries offer a safe, clean, non-hazardous and hassle-free solution to storing your own power ...
Heating an off-grid home
Post 3 in Craig Anderson's off-grid living blog covers heating systems - what worked, what didn't, and what changes were made. ...
Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
In this second post in a series on off-grid living, Craig Anderson outlines the energy systems of his house and explains why he chose them...
Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island, BC
Modular Passive House construction replaces hospital staff housing that burned down in 2004...
Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
This is the first in a series of blogs we will post from Craig Anderson about the ups and downs of building an off-grid home...
Don't buy the hype about insulating paint, it doesn't work. This is snake oil in its truest form...
New Frontiers School Board 'Our House' team
In collaboration with Habitat for Humanity and the Province of Quebec, the 'Our House' project in Ormstown, Quebec, will see carpentry students building a home targeting LEED certification...
Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto earns Canadian Green Building Award
While keeping the existing footprint, the Skygarden House renovation brings a leaky old home close to Passive House levels of performance. ...
Milwaukee expander tool for Uponor pex tubing
Developed to be used with Uponor pex tubing only, the Milwaukee expander tool will shave tons of time off any plumbing job. ...
Ontario climate change action plan
The Ontario climate change action plan will invest in renewable energy, green infrastructure and incentives to reduce GHG emissions ...
Mobile tiny house
Compact housing is a great trend but there are tiny house issues that should be considered before you commit to life in one. ...
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...
The Fiction Factory Wikkelhouse tiny house made of carboard
The Cardboard Wikkelhouse from Fiction Factory falls under our 'too cool not to share' category. ...
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...