Climate crisis / Guides

Climate change impact of diet
Lifestyle and environment

how your diet affects climate change

...climate change? 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 lifestyle, if for example you have a long gas-powered daily commute and you eat a 12 ounce steak every night. We can't really h...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...climate change are already happening , and modern building practices should reflect that. While one single event cannot be attributed solely to climate change, the type and frequency of events we are seeing are exactly what was predicted by climate scientists and can no longer be ignored. If a 'once in a century' sto...

Reduce water consumption with residential gray water recycling systems
Plumbing and water heaters

Gray water recycling

...crisis, but much of the world is. The UNESCO International Hydrological Programme , for example, promotes the collection and recycling of gray water to help preserve our quickly dwindling water supply. The collection of gray water requires a double-piped drainage system throughout the home. The water must then be fil...

A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

...climate change to get a better perspective. This is slightly reminiscent of the Earthship, a housing catastrophe that paints itself as a solution to the global housing and climate change crisis. Poppycock. The world is facing resource depletion and a climate crisis - so we need to keep our eye on the ball and be wary...

60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)
Renewable energy

Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

...climate change at home, get on your bike! As we look for ways to mitigate climate change , improving home energy efficiency and decentralising power generation is something we can do to reduce our personal energy consumption and carbon footprint. Theoretically then moving towards home solar , wind power and even bicy...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...crisis. We don’t think much about it in Canada & America because most of us have yet to suffer the extreme impacts of droughts - or we prefer not to acknowledge the problem and hope it will go away (similar to how denial is supposed to help climate change go away). Doesn't it? Oh... But in certain areas of the US, to...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...climate crisis is a driving force behind the trend towards more energy-efficient home construction . And Zero Net Energy home construction is a trend that is quickly taking off; read more here about the Canadian Zero Net Energy Pilot program results. But for the short story, if you didn’t already know or haven’t yet ...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...crisis, the Saskatchewan government asked Harold Orr, an engineer, and a committee of keeners to design a passive solar house appropriate for the local climate. The result was the world's first Passivhaus - The Saskatchewan Conservation House , which not only incorporated passive heating from the sun, but also many of ...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

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

...climate change and housing. Tiny House living is a housing trend that has inspired radically scaling back home size, which is a very good thing. The average house size in the US is almost 2,700 square feet, and in Canada it peaked at about 2,200 square feet but has dropped in recent years. Today's houses are on ave...

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...climate change, as it prevents the release of carbon into the atmosphere. Currently the only real carbon storage option in green building materials comes from natural building products such as strawbales, wood for framing , cellulose insulation , hemp insulation , insulated wood fiberboard panels , MDF panels made from...