Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

It's impossible to choose "The Best Electric Car" without firstly defining which EV is best for you depending on where you live, where you're driving to and what or who you're transporting… Buying an electric car (or EV) is on the increase For a lot of people though there's a nagging question in the back of eve...

Lifestyle, location and commuting

Home-buying tips for seniors looking to downsize

Learn how to trim down your possessions and find the home that suits you.… Elmer George is dedicated to providing seniors with the necessary information to enjoy an improved quality of life as they go through later life transitions and challenges.  Visit his blog here.  More and more seniors are buying homes now ...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

A resilient home is one that is better prepared to face the challenges of a changing climate, ideally providing security of heat, water and food.… As founder of the Resilient Design Institute, Alex Wilson is an internationally renowned authority on resilience in home design. Beyond just homes, 'resilience' can in a ...

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

Some forward thinking developers are designing homes that are ready to handle the more severe weather caused by a warming climate.… While governments have a role in shaping and improving the built environment through zoning, development bylaws and other means, developers also play a large role. They choose where to ...

LEED Silver mid-rise in Gatineau, QC.
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Sustainable building practices create prosperous communities

An Australian report finds sustainable building is helping to create stronger and more prosperous communities.… This post is courtesy of Hutchinson Builders Sustainable building practices are doing more than just helping the environment - they are also helping to create stronger and more prosperous communities. ...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

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.… In our previous article we discussed the building trend in Vancouver known as Laneway Housing, where new homes are ...

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 f...

Building in flood plains
Lifestyle and environment

How to build more resilient homes that can withstand climate change

The effects of our changing climate aren't just coming anymore, they are here. Building resilient homes will help us deal with climate change… Future-proofing' homes: Anticipating future challenges and building to withstand them.  While it is impossible to know exactly what the future holds, some of the earlier p...

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 meat
Lifestyle and environment

Food and climate change – what are the impacts of your food choices?

If you're looking to tread a little lighter on the planet and maybe even eat a little healthier, have a look at the list of foods below.… 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 equate to a low-impact lifest...

Choosing where to live

What makes a 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 your 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...

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