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The birthplace of Passive House solar home design The Saskatchewan Conservation
Passive solar home design

Saskatchewan: The birthplace of Passive House and passive solar home design

...Conservation House - about a 100 years too late. Now that you know the origins of the global Passive House movement be sure to Read: A review of the Conservation House by its designer, Harold Orr , how to get a home Passive House Certified , and all about Passive solar home design in the Ecohome Green Building Guide ...

Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

...conservation; to be able to water your garden with some independence from water restrictions; to use rainwater for laundry, showers and toilets; for increased water independance. What size of water tank should I choose? Get the biggest tank you can fit in your garden. As a rule of thumb, about 25,000 litres...

Aerial view of The Earth Rangers Centre (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)
LEED Homes

The Earth Rangers Retrofit a LEED Gold building and earn LEED Platinum

The Earth Rangers Centre located in Woodbridge, Ontario has been awarded LEED Platinum Certification from the Canada Green Building Council, for Existing Buildings (EB). The Earth Rangers Centre certified LEED Gold for New Construction in 2004, is home to Earth Rangers' Animal Ambassadors and staff and is also a sho...

Grey Water Recycling Never Looked Better
Greywater Recycling

Greywater recycling never looked better

The Eco Bath concept is simple: use the waste water from the sink to flush the adjoining toilet. The execution is nothing less than stylish. Though compact, the Eco Bath’s water tank is comprised of two compartments, one that holds drainage water from the adjoining sink and one that contains fresh water in case the ne...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

Choosing between buying, building or renting 1. Building a new home. Building a sustainable and energy efficient house is not necessarily more expensive than building a house simply to meet provincial building codes. Many new home starts have achieved far superior performance while still coming in the same or lowe...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...conservation in the days of old, and fixtures reflected that. It doesn't cost much to replace them with modern efficient ones, and you could feasibly cut your consumption in half if you live in an older home. There is a great return on investment to be had here, and you'll get your money back fast. Water metering: ...

CaGBC, LEED green building trends
LEED Homes

New report shows Canadian green building market growing steadily with owners seeing strong benefits from building green.

...Conservation Authority (TRCA) With 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and care for the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity. About McGraw Hill Construct...

Wind turbine © Jinterwas, Flickr
Lifestyle and environment

Clean energy infrastructure and efficient-housing for Canada's Indigenous communities

...conservation in community housing. The 20/20 Catalysts Program currently includes 40 mentors from a wide range of fields; from Indigenous leaders who have completed projects, to the clean energy practitioners who supported them through that process. "There is an opportunity here to fundamentally change the landscap...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...conservation & energy saving tips: Flow-switch: You won't find this on all models, but a flow switch allows you to stop the water from flowing as you soap up, while maintaining the right temperature. Thermostatic mixing valve: Rather than messing around with the hot and cold taps, you can quickly select the water t...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II in Vancouver, BC
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) Measures the Environmental Benefit of the LEED Certification Program.

...conservation strategies that resulted in saving over 3.3 billion litres, the equivalent of 1,336 Olympic sized swimming pools. Recycling over 2 million tonnes of construction/demolition waste, or enough to fill 639,642 garbage trucks. Installing 100,239 sq metres of green roofs, or an area the size of 66 NHL hockey...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...conservation with older toilets and taps, so those are probably best purchased new to ensure high efficiency . Decor: The possibilities here are as endless as your imagination. From wine racks, to light fixtures to coffee tables, if it can be made from upcycled materials, it likely has been. The main thing th...