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Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...food preparation, and sanitation. Freshwater scarcity manifests itself in the depletion of groundwater, and the drying up of rivers and lakes upon which people depend for irrigation to grow their food. The intersection of water scarcity, food security, and a changing climate on top of it all raises a suite of water con...

Non-toxic, naturally-dyed Easter eggs
Lifestyle and environment

DIY non-toxic & all natural Easter egg dye.

...food dyes and artificial colourings are far from benign. According to a 2010 study conducted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks , "The three most widely used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens." Luckily, a pl...

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

Gray water recycling

...food, grease, hair, detergents, clothing fibres, and even fecal matter that results from washing your hands, showering or doing laundry. Not a very attractive sounding mix is it? Despite that, gray water is a valuable resource that can be filtered, treated and reused. In Canada, few of us are impacted as of yet by th...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...food and beverage containers). Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) *Be sure to refer to the rating system guidelines regarding combustion appliances, venting requirements and ventilation systems. 2.1 Basic combustion venting measures: Meet all of the following requirements: Ensure there are no unvented combus...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...food: Earthships are equiped with a greenhouse for producing food throughout the year. A humid environment like that should be kept separate from living spaces for home durability and the health risks mentioned above, in which case you would be choosing food production over passive heat gain in living spaces. To kn...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...food for thought when deciding where to spend your green dollars. To save money and lower your carbon footprint, the first step where possible is to invest in choosing the best insulation , improve air sealing in your home and installing energy recovery ventilation rather than paying for your own personal power gener...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...food chain. Flame retardants are chemicals that have been added to home furnishings that slow the spread of fire. They can be found in almost all foam cushions of couches, beds, pillows, cars and baby strollers, as well as in electronic equipment like computers and television sets. Due to health concerns there have...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

With so many of us being forced to work from home, this has brought many changes to our economy, our priorities and our lifestyles. Not only is there a sudden interest in how to set up a home office , but other green lifestyle choices are popping up; like growing food at home , and safe transportation in terms of comm...

Carbon Offset Schemes - Whale Poop leads Nature's Own Way
Lifestyle and environment

Save the Whale's (Poop) - Save the Planet !! (And $2m per Whale)

...food for thought. On his return to terra firma and back to work, he and an IMF team started crunching the numbers on whales, their huge poops, and their effect on carbon sequestration. So what on earth - (well, in the ocean) - we all asked, is a "Whale Pump?" A Google search initially gave a large selection of bilge-...

Detergent-free eco friendly Laundry balls
Cleaning and maintenance

Do Laundry balls work?

...food choices Guides for green lifestyle and environment choices Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...food-safe surfaces , formaldehyde-free and low VOCs materials or that it is durable and long lasting (pushing back the replacement date). If we're talking sustainable homes and resilient homes , then the total carbon footprint also comes into play. But regardless of which green countertop you're considering, the fina...