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Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...city has separated bike lanes running from the eastern part of the city, through downtown and to the west part of the city with plans approved for another lane ...

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

...City Campus at Kortright, ON, where currently you can find a duplex called The Archetype Sustainable House (ASH) . The twin houses act as a living laboratory wi...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

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 to live wi...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...city staff: The city has hired Passive House Canada (PHC) to train more than a hundred City of Vancouver staff (plan checkers, rezoning planners, development ...

the installation of a LucidPipe power generator via Lucid Energy
Micro-hydroelectric

Portland, Oregon will Soon Generate Hydroelectric Power in Water Pipes Under City Streets.

...city street lights. The city of Portland, Oregon is hoping that the generation of power within the water system will alleviate some of the growing costs the c...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...city Green lifestyle in the in the suburbs Moving to the country - rural lifestyle Choosing a home location: Being close to the services you need. G...

Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

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 archite...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...city, which would have been similar in scale to the Gardner Expressway in Toronto. Instead of a major artery allowing cars a quick exit from the city, residen...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...city living is not for everyone, so if you are heading for the country here are some things to think about. Explore your site: Before going in and clear c...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...city policies designed to develop people-friendly neighbourhoods. Unused city land between large lots was re-zoned to allow for new housing that promoted commun...

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?

...city to pump heat energy from the place it isn't wanted to where it doesn't matter. Run it backwards and it pumps heat, more efficiently than using the electric...