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Bike lanes in Vancouver
As part of their Greenest City 2020 initiative, the City of Vancouver is getting people out of their cars and onto bikes and trains, as well as setting new standards for energy efficient construction. ...
Vancouver's first laneway house
Taking advantage of lanes in the middle of city blocks to increase housing density is but one step Vancouver has taken towards ensuring sustainable urban living. Ths is the first of two stories about the city's green initiatives...
The Fincube tin house
The Fincube tiny house is off-grid, portable and enjoys a 360 degree view of the world...
Cambrian Black Granite
Granite makes for great counters, but for the most part Canadian granite has a pretty consistent colour, which doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room for design. The discovery of Cambrian Black granite in Saguenay,Quebec means there is a little variety available in these parts now...
Net Zero Energy home
Three homes designed to approach or achieve Net Zero Energy consumption are now complete in the Belgravia neighbourhood in Edmonton...
Aerial view of The Earth Rangers Centre (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)
Earth Rangers is a conservation organization dedicated to educating millions of children across Canada about the importance of protecting biodiversity...
Vinyl record album
One of the more common plastics used inside and outside of our homes is so toxic it is banned in many countries in Europe. ...
safe cleaning products
There is a lot we can do to improve the air quality in our homes, while sacrificing nothing in the way of function. ...
Midori Uchi
On September 10, 2012, Naikoon Contracting Ltd. officially broke ground on the "Midori Uchi", launching the construction of what they hope will be the greenest home in the country...
The LEED Platinum Beachaus II from Inhaus Development Ltd.
With Beachaus II about to recieve LEED Platinum certification from the CaGBC, Inhaus Developments continues to raise the bar for home construction in White Rock, BC...
HOUS.E+ by Polifactory
The age of cheap oil made it possible to build a home using materials from the furthest reaches of the earth. Sustainable housing practices involve sourcing materials much closer to home...
Electricity is clean at its destination but can be very dirty at its source. Not all of us have the means to install solar panels or wind turbines, but with the help of Bullfrog Power you can live a greener lifestyle hassle-free. ...
MIBOP energy modeling software from Mindscape Innovations
Professional energy raters use HOT2000, an energy modeling program designed to determine the energy consumption of buildings. Mindscape Innovations is a sustainable design firm from Kitchener, Ontario that has developed a free online version for the rest of us...
The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre
Designed to exceed LEED Platinum status, architects Perkins + Will are pursuing the Living Building Challenge with the The VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre...
The Hemloft, Joel Allen's secret treehouse near Whistler, BC
With free materials found on Craigslist, Joel Allen built a treehouse hidden in plain sight on Crown land. Now that he's shared it with the world, it's going to be hard for him to keep it to himself...
Tiny Tack House living room
Despite being portable, it's almost impossible to think of this traditional looking tiny house as an RV...
Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Felled trees in residential areas have most often been either burned as waste, or taken to landfills. With the help of portable mills and tree salvage companies, better use is being made of this valuable resource...
LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
Targeting LEED Gold, Architects Superkul Inc. Drop a Green Building Smack Into the Lap of Luxury...
Grey Water Recycling Never Looked Better
Jang Wooseok designed the Eco Bath grey water recycling system to address water conservation in washrooms. Mission accomplished, and elegantly so...
Yukon's first LEED certified home
Built on an infill lot surrounded by postwar military homes in one of the harshest climates in Canada, this LEED Gold duplex is one of, if not the most energy efficient buildings in the city...