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Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020 will also be installing 70 electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city, to help those who need cars ease off on their gasoline consumption. Vancouver bike lanes © Paul Krueger At present, the city has separated bike lanes running from the eastern part of the city, through downtown and to the wes...

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 without a car. Or at the very least, it can reduce the amount of driving you have to do. When choosing a place to live, check the walking distances from buses o...

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

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 researched and enhanced. The Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) is run out of The Living City Campus at Kortright,...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction staff: The city has hired Passive House Canada (PHC) to train more than a hundred City of Vancouver staff (plan checkers, rezoning planners, development planners, inspectors, etc). There are also two city building inspectors who are Passive House Certified tradespersons and will work with all new Passive House p...

the installation of a LucidPipe power generator via Lucid Energy

Portland, Oregon will Soon Generate Hydroelectric Power in Water Pipes Under City Streets. 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 city has seen in its delivery of water to residents.This pilot project is slated for completion in June of 2013, and will generate enough power to run 150 homes....

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living Green lifestyle in the in the suburbs Moving to the country - rural lifestyle Choosing a home location: Being close to the services you need. Grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, place of work and even places of recreation. In terms of ‘going green’, all your efforts to reduce the ecological footprint of...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density, 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, residents chose to encourage density, with attention put on maintaining the feel and function of individual neighbourhoods. Part of that strategy was first legitimizin...

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

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle 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 cutting, find out what species of trees and plants you have that are the most beneficial and see if they can be preserved, and design your home with that in mind...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home policies designed to develop people-friendly neighbourhoods. Unused city land between large lots was re-zoned to allow for new housing that promoted community engagement. New zoning regulations for these more modestly sized lots included maximum setbacks to keep homes closer to the street, garages set back rathe...

Green Home Design - What makes a city livable
Choosing where to live

What makes a green 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 architect and a resident of Vancouver, I am regularly confronted with how our cities are changing through urban densification and shifting demographics, to accessibili...

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? 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 electricity directly using a multiplying factor that is generally expressed as the COP rating (coefficient of performance). So, what we are looking into here is defin...