Green lifestyle / Guides

Disposing of old batteries
Kitchens

Waste management: compost and recycling

...lifestyle adjustment can reduce your curbside garbage by close to half. Curbside compost collection is becoming more commonplace, but even so, some green-thumbed homeowners forgo that service and instead take advantage of the vegetable waste they generate to facilitate a more productive garden. In order for your comp...

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?

...green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...Green Building Guides on North America's favorite green building website - EcoHome.net... Ann Cavlovic is a writer living in the Ottawa area. Her fiction and essays have appeared in several Canadian journals and newspapers including The Fiddlehead , The Globe and Mail , and PRISM international. Find her at: www.annca...

The Pros & Cons of Lasagna Gardening for Growing Food
Food production

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...greenhouse in cold climates Find more about green lifestyle choices and home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages and find out about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .

Suzlon's LEED Platinum wind power living laboratory in India
Lifestyle and environment

Green Building is accelerating around the world

...Green Building Council and the U.S. Green Building Council, partnered to launch a study to help understand the trends in world green building today and how they have changed since 2008 when the first global green study was conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction (Global Green Building SmartMarket Report, 2008). This new ...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...lifestyle and for the minimum environmental impact. When choosing a stove or fireplace, below is an example of some of the numbers that you will need to look at, their value lies mostly in being able to compare one wood burning stove against another: Maximum output capacity with dry wood - eg. 100,000 BTU/h Can...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...greener than a lot of the 'green' homes that lie outside of urban centers. Downtown urban living isn't for everyone, so by all means live the way you want. But there is no denying the fact that the housing density and shared resources of urban centers will be the best way to reduce your personal carbon footprint if t...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...lifestyle makes you less concerned about a few scratches, who knows. Scatches are certainly what you will get with pine floors, particularly if you have kids or dogs. Pine is soft wood, so it is more prone to damage than hard wood floors. It is more affordable than hard wood flooring to install, but will probably nee...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...lifestyle and your home. In a perfect world we would have one of each, or an integrated system that monitors and adjusts the internal air quality automatically, short of that we are left to make a choice. One thing is for certain though, whichever you choose, an airtight home with an ERV or HRV is an evolutionary lea...

Dirrtt Environmental Solutions, Green Wall
Lifestyle and environment

Green Business Certification Inc. and Canada Green Building Council Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

...green building performance (through project certification) and green building practice (through professional credentials and certificates). Established in 2008 to administer certifications and professional designations within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Building Rating Systems™, GBCI ...

LEED Silver mid-rise in Gatineau, QC.
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Sustainable building practices create prosperous communities

...Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), with its chief executive Romilly Madew explaining that such constructions are "simply better buildings". She revealed that Green Star-rated buildings produce 62 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than standard constructions and use 66 per cent less electricity. Meanw...