Designing a green home / Guides

Concept, design and architecture

Efficient home design

...ans less land to excavate, less materials to manufacture and ship, less space to heat, less space to cool, less taxes to pay, less to clean. And they are always...

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Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...at most homes from the early 70’s and older have lead paint in the walls so if you’re gutting it at all wear a good respirator. Lead paint by the way, once pain...

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Concept, design and architecture

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...ast minute as product availability can be a problem at times, and even more so with higher quality materials that aren’t usually available at the average big bo...

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Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton

...as that all mechanical equipment had to be simple, locally accessible and able to be installed by local trades people. A secondary suite was integrated int...

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Sustainably built accessory dwelling units from FabCab
Tiny house

The FabCab prefabricated building

...aluable green space in more remote areas. FabCab didn't stop at environmental sustainability; they also strove to achieve social sustainability by desig...

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Passive House

The Un-certified but 'Damn Near' Passive House.

...at the heating and cooling is largely passive. To achieve this, homes have to be designed to take advantage of the free heat available from the sun, and heavily...

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LEED Platinum prefabricated home
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab home has superior air quality and performance

...at was both environmentally responsible and local. Also, wood pellets are an inexpensive way to heat a home. We are also fortunate in Quebec to have an abundant...

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Windmill
Renewable energy

Micro-power generation

...all and reasonably affordable home turbines are finding their way onto the market, and are available through some national hardware stores. We don't have hard n...

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Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

...and multi-family towers have been a prevalent part of the urban landscape for decades. Not so long ago, the dream of a detached home began to disappear for many...

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Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...ants as a priority. A home must be relatively simple and affordable to occupy, operate and maintain. Features: Ease of access to mechanical compon...

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Disposing of old batteries
Kitchens

Waste management: compost and recycling

...aried and mixed. Fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water, so balancing them with drier materials such as stale bread, dead leaves, newsprint and cardb...

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