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Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...green home construction, the Endeavour Centre will have an entirely sustainable home to sell, and the students that built it will have certification in green building. Expected to cost $250,000 to complete and cost about 15% over market value, this house will be more than worth the cost when you see (or don’t see) your...

A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

...greenhouse. Without mincing words, my first thought is – you’ve got to be joking. Anyone who builds and lives in a tiny house, and wants a greenhouse for growing their own food is likely to be someone who leans towards wanting a green lifestyle; but this sure ain't it. Without a doubt this is super cute, and a real h...

Students at New Frontiers School Board to build LEED home to be donate
LEED Homes

Quebec carpentry students to build LEED house for Habitat for Humanity

...housing options. Ormstown is on the edge of the Eastern Townships, and as you drive in, you notice instantly that it is everything you would hope and expect a cozy small town to be. New Frontiers contacted Ecohome to help achieve LEED certification in a student house building project, and so far it looks like they wi...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...housing and badly needed money to improve First Nations housing, just nothing on energy upgrades for the general population. Hopefully the Feds will take a hint from the Provinces for their next budget. As we get info from other provinces we will add it, but for now here's what we know about Ontario and Quebec: Quebec:...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...Greenest City 2020 initiative, which is an effort to make Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020. We hope they succeed, and that other cities find inspiration in their efforts. Read more about Passive House certification, the BC Energy Step Code , or sustainable building practices in the Ecohome Green Build...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...housing options for people to live near employment areas, there is less pressure to develop valuable green space in more remote areas. FabCab didn't stop at environmental sustainability; they also strove to achieve social sustainability by designing highly flexible dwellings . From their website: "FabCa...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...Green Homes Program here. This program gives you access to Desjardins' lowest mortgage rates, and you also get : up to $2,000 cashback to build a green home and $500 for green renovation projects a rebate on your home insurance your monthly plan free for 1 year free Home Assistance when you take out Loan Insu...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...green building products are continually becoming easier to find, and quickly dropping in price. 2. Renovating If you have either the skills to do it yourself or the patience to live in a mess for a bit, this can be a more affordable way to break into the housing market. You can increase the value of your home while...

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

...greener lifestyle and inspired us to do the same. Now, many years later, it is our turn to close this circle and inspire others. Editors note: Below are the jury comments about the project from the Canadian Green Building Awards: A commendable example of environmentally responsible densification that is both gentle...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...housing and building on infill lots which serves to protect green space and environmentally sensitive areas by slowing urban sprawl. Sustainable Sites (22 points) Any new construction will have an ecological impact. This category seeks to limit that impact on the building site, as well as the surrounding environmen...

Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

...housing stock diminishes and housing prices continue to rise to record-breaking heights. We now live in increasingly smaller and more diverse housing types such as condominiums, apartments, townhomes, and even micro-suites. This has become the reality of urban living. On the surface, Vancouver has been experiencing m...