Green kitchen / Guides

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...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...green building: High performance, energy efficient Eco homes may include features like geothermal heating, wind power and solar panels, but these are not the defining features of green living. They come in second, and some you can even do without. A green home starts with being well-designed, well-insulated, and if p...

The Otis mobile tiny house
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The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

Three years ago, professor Lucas Brown’s students in Green Mountain College’s Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) class built a custom-designed tiny house, a 96-square-foot structure with a sleeping loft “upstairs” and a 300-watt solar powered electrical system. This semester, his class went one better, ...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...kitchen and a tiny stand-up shower (where you would be lucky to reach all the places you want to wash), over which is a loft bedroom with little-to-no head room and a ladder smack in the middle of your kitchen or living room. This is not the case with Hayward's tiny house. He has designed a double bed on a pulley syste...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...kitchens and bathrooms, speak with your cabinetmaker about using non-toxic materials. It shouldn't amount to more than a 10 to 15% premium. See our full cost breakdown of going green in the kitchen for more details, and discover more about formaldehyde-free plywood here . 4. Sofas Pay close attention to the upholst...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...green-lifestyle organizations in your area. There are many organizations, groups and web resources that encourage and teach green living lifestyle habits like composting and gardening, greening our streets, promoting alternatives to pesticides etc. Check local bulletin boards and community centres for groups in you...

Which House Plants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...kitchen to remove formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene , which can be found in certain kitchen appliances and furniture. • Snake plants in the bedroom because they absorb CO² in the day, release oxygen at night, & who doesn't like snakes in the bedroom? • Boston ferns in the basement because they like cool, moist area...

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?

...Kitchen Construction That beautiful new kitchen with the granite counters that you're looking forward to owning in your new house can be one of the main sources of toxic formaldehyde and other red-listed chemicals in the home - unless that is you choose formaldehyde-free kitchen components - which of course EcoHome's...

Shipping Container Homes in a Warm Climate might be a good option
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Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates

...green building techniques here : Affordable modern prefab green homes for cold climates Are shipping container homes good or bad? All about Tiny Houses & Laneway Homes Ontario clarifies building-code for permits for laneway homes & legal Tiny Houses in Toronto Tips for a successful green h...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...green living in a rented house or apartment: Install low flow fixtures in the kitchen and bathroom; good thick curtains are very effective in reducing heat loss; install electronic thermostats to reduce heat consumption, and use zero VOC paints. You can also install LED or compact fluorescent bulbs , caulk and foam a...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...green homes grows, the demand for green building products increases, which naturally drives the price down. As a parting thought - another possible downside to be aware of, are 'eco-friendly' building materials that are maybe just a little too 'out there'. Some green building pioneers may perhaps go a little too far ...