Generation / Guides

Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop
Kitchens

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

...generation of laminate countertops for kitchens & bathrooms merits a second look when building or renovating sustainably for a greener home, see here for details . Now you've learned about the sustainable ECO countertop from Cosentino, for more help in choosing other types of sustainable & green countertops for k...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...generation, insisted that we make a house for the future. I think we succeeded! E: Can you share any comments on your experience with the LEED certification process? RS: It is important that the process be rigorous and independent with a standard that is known all over the world. It takes a little time, which was n...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...generation of laminate countertops for kitchens & bathrooms merits a second look when building or renovating sustainably for a greener home though, see here . Laminates are still the most affordable kitchen counters on the market, so if you're going for one, search out brands that have made efforts to improve the pro...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...generation and here see post 4 all about off-grid heating systems In years past, the mechanical systems and appliances within off-grid homes looked quite different from typical grid-tied homes. Electricity generation was extremely difficult and expensive at the home scale, so there was much less electrification. Inst...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...generation . These systems and design features work together to achieve an EnerGuide rating of 100. The home also boasts a Walk Score of 56 and a transit score of 58. Strategic decisions: The original home on this property was beginning to demonstrate foundation failure, continuous sewer backu...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...generation is seeing a disturbing trend towards more respiratory illnesses, specifically a huge spike in reported cases of asthma. Indoor air quality is something we should spend a bit more time thinking about, and Straw Bale SIPS are big winners in that arena. Straw is a natural and non-toxic material; raw wood and co...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...generation past. Think of all those older homes which have grand front door entrances that go unused, while people regularly come in and out of kitchen or side doors. Designing a smaller and more functional space that flows properly will bring the same quality of life as a bigger home, and that may help you achieve you...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet?

...generation - which we are all for if this were to prove itself. Are small domestic wind turbines any good? The makers of the PowerPod compact domestic wind turbine on Kickstarter claim that "for places that get less than 300 days of sun a year, a PowerPod could produce more power, for less money than solar panels" ...

How to Find & Order In-Stock Essential Products Online COVID-19 & Coronavirus

Life Hacks to help stay Eco during COVID-19 Quarantine & Ordering Online

...generation - if you are in a grocery store with older people, please given them an extra wide berth, and consider letting them cut in line so they can get out of there quicker. This is a lot scarier for them. To all the awesome healthcare professionals out there on the front lines, and the essential workers who are k...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...generation Suspended-film insulating glass sealed units in windows • Install the windows in a way that minimizes thermal bridging, which causes heat to be conducted through the wall framing via the window frame. This can be best achieved by centering windows in the wall rather than having them flush to the outside as...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...generation projects. The FIT program (Feed-In-Tariff) pays you a nice sum for power you generate privately. After your needs are met, any surplus power you generate gets fed into the power grid, and you will get paid a very respectable rate. If you lack the funds to get set up, leasing programs are available. Details h...