Lifestyle and environment

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

How to prepare for emergencies and power outages… We are seeing more frequent and more severe weather events as our climate changes, and all evidence points to that trend continuing. Here we have a list of ways to prepare yourself in the event of grid failure or absence of municipal services.  Storing emergency food...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

The effects of our changing climate aren't just coming anymore, they are here. Building resilient homes helps deal with climate change events, storms, floods, heatwaves, extreme cold, and saves us all money… Future-proofing homes for Climate Change:  Anticipating future climatic challenges and constructing resilient...

Wind turbine © Jinterwas, Flickr
Lifestyle and environment

Clean energy infrastructure and efficient-housing for Canada's Indigenous communities

Last summer the 20/20 Catalysts Program kick-started a clean-energy initiative for Indigenous communities. This summer the focus will be on improving community housing.… Representatives from 18 communities across Canada attended three week-long intensive sessions last summer as part of the clean energy capacity-buil...

Climate change impact of diet
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how your diet affects climate change

Want to learn what how to slow climate change by altering your diet a bit? Learn what foods have the lowest climate impact.… How does diet affect climate change? Dwindling water is the next big global resource crisis looming over us, and soil depletion isn't far behind. Living in a green home doesn't instantly equat...

Aerial view of BRE Innovation Park Living City Campus
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Seven experimental homes being built at the Living City Campus North of Toronto

The BRE Innovation Park will be expanding its facilities to conduct research into advanced building products and technologies… The BRE Innovation Park (Building Research Establishment) that lies 15km north of Toronto will soon build a new series of houses in which emerging building products and technologies can be r...

Dirrtt Environmental Solutions, Green Wall
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Green Business Certification Inc. and Canada Green Building Council Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

New partnership agreement will bring WELL to market across Canada… Washington, D.C. & Ottawa, ON (June 9, 2015) – Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announce a new agreement to promote and advance the WELL Building Standard (WELL) in Canada. The WELL Building Sta...

Non-toxic, naturally-dyed Easter eggs
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DIY non-toxic & all natural Easter egg dye.

Dying eggs is especially fun when using all natural dye made in your very own kitchen.… Dying eggs is one of my favourite spring traditions. Sadly, many conventional food dyes and artificial colourings are far from benign. According to a 2010 study conducted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Dye...

As our climate adapts to human carbon emissions, homes have to change
Lifestyle and environment

Changing homes in a changing climate

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.… We often think of the land underneath our feet as fixed and unmoving. On a calm day, if you sit next to the ocean, it seems quite stati...

Suzlon's LEED Platinum wind power living laboratory in India
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Green Building is accelerating around the world

Far from the days of being a fringe element trend, the benefits and necessity of sustainable building practices are now sweeping across the globe.… Courtesy of the USGBC, the following is a guest post by Harvey M. Bernstein, Vice President of Industry Insights & Alliances, McGraw-Hill Construction and John Mandyck,...

Green homes climate change
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Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

The climate is changing, how we build home needs to change as well.… The U.S. Green Building Council and the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning released a landmark report Feb. 29 that describes how green buildings advance resiliency in disasters. “Green Building and Climate R...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

Whether you are building a home, you just bought a home, or you want some energy conservation tips for your apartment, it all starts here. Our tips below will help you get started in designing and planning your project.… Choosing between buying, building or renting  1. Building a new home. Building a sustainable and...

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