Choosing where to live

Green Home Design - What makes a city livable
Choosing where to live

What makes a green home livable to you?

Urban centers are increasing in population, with that comes the challenge of making them a healthy and enjoyable place to live, both in a green home and out. First published in SAB magazine. Kim Barnsley Is a senior architect at the Vancouver office of Perkins+Will. The way we live is changing. As both an architect…

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
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Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

Tips for getting out of the city and living a rural small town lifestyle.   For those that aren't made for the bustling lifestlyle of cities, small towns can be a dream come true. The nature of small towns is one of community and accessible downtown cores. Essential services like grocery stores, banks and post…

Suburb of Toronto
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Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

Suburbs can be one of the hardest places to live a green lifestyle, as they often have little access to services and public transportation. Here are a few tips to reduce your carbon footprint in the suburbs. The ecological impact of suburban living: U.S. studies regarding the energy impact of population by location…

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
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Green living in the city

Being in the core of a city can be one of the greenest places to live. Transportation, services and utilities are already there, not to mention usually the house itself. 1. Life without a car. One of the nice things about living in the city is public transportation and proximity to services, which makes it possible…

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
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Urban living

A green home doesn’t always cost more to build, but always costs less to operate. A healthy efficient home saves money, reduces your carbon footprint and improves your quality of life. Housing is an enormous source of carbon emissions, so it is also a place where we have tremendous room for improvement. This…