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Lifestyle and environment

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

...Energy website is championed by Lumos Energy, Clean Energy Advisor and Mentor to Indigenous communities across Canada. Lumos Energy brings extensive experience and innovative strategies to clean energy project development generating a suite of social and economic benefits for Indigenous communities and peoples. We are ...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...energy-efficient home construction. He was one of the principal designers of the Saskatchewan Conservation House , which in 1977 acted as a laboratory for the development of many previously unheard of building techniques that are now standard on the best performing houses in the world. The Saskatchewan Conservation...

First Passive House in BC Whistler

B.C.’s First Passive House was built in Whistler in 2012.

...energy buildings is the construction costs,” said Alex Maurer, director of Marken Projects and a leading expert in Passive House Design and Planning. “We wanted to show that building sustainably isn’t only for the affluent. With a little innovation homes can be both energy efficient and affordable.” “We’re very excit...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...Housing and Homelessness Strategy (July 2011) and the Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability, which call for expanding the Laneway Housing Program to other zones. By legitimizing this burgeoning underground housing movement, the city ensured both health and safety standards would be met, while increasing their t...

Habitat workers raise a wall at the the Red River Ex June 2011
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council announces affordable green housing program

...housing groups like Habitat for Humanity, the CaGBC will administer free registrations and certifications under the internationally-recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program, which addresses homes as well as a broad range of other building types. The first pr...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...energy efficiency! Being in the business of promoting energy-efficient housing, we have watched this trend grow; seeing confirmation by a national survey of what we ourselves have sensed and witnessed is very encouraging. Some homebuilders question the value of a more energy efficient design, often doubting they will...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II from Inhaus Development Ltd.
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Home in British Columbia

...housing are perfectly compatible. Efficient design, durability, air quality and natural lighting are cornerstones of both sustainable housing and good quality of life. Automated home systems like those found in both Beachaus homes can be more than just cool toys, they can optimize the performance of your home. Having...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...ENERGY STAR qualified doors with no cracks or air gaps At least three ENERGY STAR certified energy efficient major appliances For more information, visit the BMO . Genworth Canada: With their Energy-Efficient Housing Program, home buyers purchasing an energy-efficient home or making energy saving renovations ar...

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

...energy bill (must be combined with another retrofit) Maximum Grant Amount: Up to $50 More efficient Heating like Heat Pumps Make the switch to more energy-efficient heating equipment to save on your utility bill and reduce your carbon footprint Maximum Grant Amount: Up to $5,000 Installing Photovoltaic ...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...Housing, where new homes are being created in backyards, accessed by lanes in the centre of city blocks. More densely populated neighbourhoods means more efficient use of city services, and a more vibrant and active local business community. Living in an efficient home will certainly reduce your personal carbon f...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...efficient environments to accommodate varied lifestyles. Dedicated to designing a space that is usable for people with a range of ages and abilities, they are equally dedicated to offering their clients eco-friendly and economically resourceful spaces. The FabCab Tiny House sustainability features include: Effi...