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Aerial view of BRE Innovation Park Living City Campus
Lifestyle and environment

Seven experimental homes being built at the Living City Campus North of Toronto

...ASH) . The twin houses act as a living laboratory with more than 400 calibrated sensors that monitor the performance of the buildings' systems. ASH will now be joined by a small subdivision of experimental houses to further facilitate research into green building products. “Each of those new buildings will be bui...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...ash, a by-product of coal fired power plants, to reduce the amount of cement needed in the building concrete, resulting in a 20% reduction in carbon emissions compared to regular concrete. Extracting and manufacturing 26% of construction materials from within 800 km of Bluewater Health. Providing bicycle ra...

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

Burning the right firewood for maximum heat output and minimum environmental impact

...ash White oak Yellow birch White Ash firewood is an excellent high heat wood choice TYPES OF WOOD FOR BURNING WITH A MEDIUM HEAT VALUE (Where one cord = 150 to 200 gallons of fuel oil equivalent heat output) The following North American woods are an acceptable choice for firewood as they have medium...

Keyhole Garden

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...ash for potassium, soil and grasses. The layer after that should feature lots of soil, and if you so choose, aged manure. Fresh manure should never be used as it will burn the plants. Each layer should slope slightly from the inner tower to the outer circle. As the layers begin to grow, build the outer wall to contai...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...ash decking and wall cladding material. Beyond its quantitative sustainable design achievements, the beautiful Skygarden House high performance renovation refit project is an ideal example of how existing inefficient and leaky buildings can be refurbished in a green way to support both the physical and psychological ...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...ASHP's - and not really "Geothermal" heating in the true sense of the word - but hey - as many folks do call it that, they're also going to search for it, right? GSHP's v ASHP's - how are they compared? The Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) is run out of The Living City Campus at Kortright, ON, whe...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...ash; if so, you could contact a local wildlife rescue center to see if they can help. Certainly keep woodstove doors closed when not in use so that they don’t end up in your house. Stopping raccoons in your garbage: If you have meat discards, keep them in the freezer if you have room until garbage day. Locking down...