Apartment / Guides

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...apartment: Install low flow fixtures in the kitchen and bathroom; good thick curtains are very effective in reducing heat loss; install electronic thermostats to reduce heat consumption, and use zero VOC paints. You can also install LED or compact fluorescent bulbs , caulk and foam any gaps, and cover your windows wi...

Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables for Homes & Apartments
Food production

Food & Greens can be grown easily indoors - here's how!

...apartment, or the weather outside is dreadful? We have the solution! Growing food indoors can be done without experience, with very little effort, and is an ideal introduction into gardening for all the kids out there who complain of being bored at home the moment 'the internet breaks' ;-) . Fresh microgreens, herbs ...

Real estate

Downsizing your home: buying tips for seniors

Buying a house in retirement Are you planning to downsize, move closer to family, or relocate to your dream retirement destination? While changing homes is typically associated with younger adults, many seniors are making the decision to buy a home in retirement. However, buying at 65 isn’t quite the same as buying ...

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...apartment buildings, stores, offices, and industrial shops. BC step code part 3 – this refers to larger and more complex buildings that are four storeys or taller with a footprint larger than 6,500 sq. ft.This category includes larger apartment buildings, condos, shopping malls, office buildings, industrial buildings...

Shaded vegetable garden success
Food production

Growing vegetables in the shade

...apartment or want to grow food & vegetables inside, also find out how here . As a general guideline, plants that are grown for their leaves or stems will do better in partial shade and dappled sunlight. Plants that are grown for their roots or their fruit will do best with full sun exposure, though many of these plan...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...apartment balconies, but if they are at all facing south you'd be surprised at the yield you can get with a little ingenuity. Repurposed eavestrough in a vertical garden. Image via plantedwell.com There are many techniques for growing food in places with less than ideal conditions. Here are some suggestions for...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 8 great tips for growing food in small spaces

...apartment with not much more than a balcony, but you love fresh veggies and would still like to grow your own - no problem! Here are some top tips to help make your urban garden a tasty success. If you don't even have a balcony, you can even grow vegetables at home in an apartment if you can spare a small amount of win...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...apartments will have only one side of their conditioned space exposed to the bitter elements, whereas any single-family home will have five sides exposed. Since most tiny houses are on wheels, they leave all 6 sides exposed to the elements. An apartment likely won't have glamourous looking solar panels or super-thick...