Food / Guides

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...food are not necessarily safe for use, as food spills can lead to mold and bacteria forming. So, here we want to help you find which pallets are safe to reuse for building so you don’t unknowingly contaminate the air quality in the home . How to finding safe shipping pallets for building The first indication if a p...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...food source by being extra diligent with house cleaning and safe storage of food. Depending on what your conscience allows there are a few options: poison works, but that is also dangerous to humans so it needs to be placed in a very safe location, where it is inaccessible to children or pets. Poison should never be ...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...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...

Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...food at home, composting , and other easy lifestyle changes to reduce your environmental footprint in these pages : DIY Green Roof Installation Video How your diet affects climate change, and how to choose low impact foods A Montreal, Quebec grocery store green roof produces its own food Use you...

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Interior design and furnishing

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...food chain; in particularly high concentration with products that are rich in fats such as fish, meat and milk. They also enter our systems as we breathe particles that have off-gassed from household furnishings. Although the effects on humans are not completely conclusive, comparative studies have shown strong links...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

We are seeing more frequent and more severe weather events as our climate changes, and all evidence points to that trend continuing. Here we have a list of ways to prepare yourself in the event of grid failure or absence of municipal services. Storing emergency food and water: City water systems will remain pressu...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...food source to attact them, so always build homes with durability strategies. If termites DO eat into your foam foundation, it would likely take an infestation of biblical proportions to remove enough insulation to cause a structural issue or any significant heat loss. So if an apocalyptic invasion of termites should h...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

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

...food production. So I’m still glad I did it, but this new Hydraloop technology is light years ahead of what I had to build because there weren't any commercially available options” Says Emmanuel. The original news article all about the EcoHome DIY gray water recycling system is here . How the Hydaloop gray water re...

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!
Landscaping

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...food and habitat for local birds, butterflies and bees, ensuring the diversity of species that we all rely on. Native plants have the advantage of thriving in your local soil and climate, requiring little fertilization or care beyond the occasional tidy up. Ask your local garden center, join a gardening co-op or club...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...food source to attact them, so always build homes with durability strategies. If termites DO eat into your foam foundation, it would likely take an infestation of biblical proportions to remove enough insulation to cause a structural issue or any significant heat loss. So if an apocalyptic invasion of termites should h...

Natural backyard swimming pool design (NSP)
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...food for other aquatic life. Plants: Three kinds of plants typically regulate the natural cycle of swimming ponds: 1) Floating plants: Water lilies and other floating plants rooted in the bottom provide shade and protect micro-organisms from UV rays. 2) Oxygenating plants: By absorbing nitrates and phosphates...