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Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouver
Some forward thinking developers are designing homes that are ready to handle the more severe weather caused by a warming climate...
Teachers experimenting with insulated I-joists as wall studs
As they set out to build a LEED Certified house that will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, a very excited group of students and teachers can't wait to break ground. ...
A sustainably built, ultra modern and affordable tiny house
Not only are these sustainably manufactured tiny pre-fab homes affordable, they're ready to go off grid and look good doing it. ...
The Methane Midden compost water heater that surpassed its goal on kickstarter
This is a great little video that illustrates how we are surrounded by potential energy, we just have to put a little thought into how to harness it. ...
As our climate adapts to human carbon emissions, we will need to adapt as well.
The risks and costs of climate change: since insurance companies are becoming more aware of the greater threats posed by more severe weather, we had best become more aware as well. ...
The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
With the help of the Ecohome design team, home builder Alain Hamel builds "The Most Resilient House in North America"...
Harold Orr, one of the early innovators of high performance home design.
Harold Orr introduced us to some of the most essential components of durable and energy efficient homes. Here is a look back at the house he designed that revolutionized the housing industry...
The Conservation House in Saskatchewan was built in 1977, and was a revolutionary building design that introduced passive heating and cooling to modern home building. ...
Students at New Frontiers School Board to build LEED home to be donated to Habit
The New Frontiers School Board (NFSB) in Ormstown, Quebec wants to give their graduating students a leg up in the world of green home construction, by building a LEED house that they plan to donate to Habitat for Humanity. ...
LEED Silver mid-rise in Gatineau, QC.
An Australian report finds sustainable building is helping to create stronger and more prosperous communities...
The concepts of passive solar heating and cooling
Outside of any certification programs, the commonly accepted definition of a passive house is one that minimizes its operational energy demand through building design and orientation. ...
LEED Platinum house
In celebration of World Green Building Week the CaGBC releases a searchable database detailing all LEED projects across Canada...
Caulking around windows is a cheap way to save a lot of money and energy
There are a number of ways you can up the efficiency of your home without spending much money. Here are our top 8 home improvement tips with the greatest return...
Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Developed by Alex Wilson, ENDURE is an acronym for a design concept that defines the essence of sustainable and efficient construction, and the foundation of our building philosophy for the Kenogami project...
Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
The Net Zero Heat passive solar house in Lac Kenogami, Quebec, built by owner Alain Hamel pushes the bounds of energy efficiency. Here is a breakdown of those electrical systems...
Navigating the urban core never looked better. Transportation in a congested urban core can be challenging, frustrating and tough on the environment. Electric scooters have always been a functional way to skirt a crowded throughway, with a Scrooser it can be a stylish way as well. ...
The instatation of a SIPs roof
SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) most commonly include a styrofoam core. The panels themselves are generally airtight, but the joints often are not. This can lead to a lot of damage to homes for lack of a proper air barrier...
 Bosco Verticale, The World's First Vertical Forest
Vertical forests and vertical agriculture have long been dreamed of to help meet the need for urban food production and green space, but nothing ever got past the blueprints. Bosco Verticale in Milan is the first to break ground...
Reducing the need for air conditioning
Some techniques that will help you reduce your A/C needs, and certainly help you stay cool in the absence of having one. ...
Outdoor solar shower
What could be better than an outdoor shower? If your answer is a solar powered hot water shower that you built all by yourself (or with friends), read on. ...