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One of the more common plastics used inside and outside of our homes is so toxic it is banned in many countries in Europe. ...
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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...
The high performance Warburg house by bioi was built for under $100,000
Seeking to balance function, efficiency and budget is not an easy task; but this was the brief provided for the Warburg house. The question posed by the client was simple: could a contemporary and energy efficient home be built for less than $100,000...
A tiny house that looks like a stack of logs
An Italian architectural firm called Lab Zero have designed a multi-purpose sustainable hut dubbed the "Yeta Log Cabin" that at first glance looks like nothing but a stack of logs...
The installation of tidal turbines In New York’s East River
Renewable power sources such as sun and wind present challenges for grid operators in being able to consistently meet demand.  Tidal and river generators remove that unknown, and Cornwall, Ontario will soon benefit from a river turbine pilot project...
LEED Platinum Prefab Homes
Historically, prefab homes have not had a reputation for high performance, but with the help of the sleek and sexy Beachaus I from Inhaus Developments Ltd., prefabs are securing their place among the smartest and most sustainable homes on the market...
UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
Rising to the global challenge of creating a more sustainable society, the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability doesn't just push the bounds of sustainable building innovation and execution, it also serves as a 'living-lab' for ongoing research in the field...
A building made from K-Tect’s foam and steel structural insulated panels
With the help of The Healthiest Home in Ottawa, a couple in Aylmer, Quebec are the first in the National Capital Region to build a home with an innovative wall panel system from a U.S. company called K-Tect...