Green living / Guides

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...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...living, it’s awesome, and we get it. Some of us even live it. The problem is that as rural living suddenly becomes more popular, it puts a heavy burden on lands and services (not to mention waterways), so it is best done with thoughtfulness and careful planning. How to live green in the countryside It is a reality ...

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

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...green sustainable home on a budget successfully... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : How to stay on budget when building a home Finding green building design professionals Top Tips for Building Green Homes on a Budget Maintaining healthy indoor ai...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...living Building Guide Pages . Read more here about Passive Solar Home Design , LEED V4 for homes , Passive House and all about sustainable green building in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages .

Net Zero Homes - Canada's first certified Net Zero House in BC
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...living room, kitchen and home office. Family and guest bedrooms are located on the upper floor, while the full-height basement contains leisure and social space that leads out to a terrace. Net Zero Homes - design is optimised for energy efficiency © Falcon Ridge Contracting The main f...

Healthy Home Offices - Natural Biophilic Design Ideas
Interior design and furnishing

How do you create a healthy home office? With Biophilic Interior Design

...greenery in your home office Having some sort of connection to nature will offer a calming influence. While it is a common misconception that plants can act as indoor air filters, that simply isn’t the case as you would need a veritable jungle in your living room to have such an effect. So, keep plants for the aesthe...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...Green Building Guide . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Electric Home Heating - Which Types are Best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips Renewable Energy - What are the Best Ways to Generate Power at Home? Heat Pump Manufacturer Trane Te...

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...

The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes
HRV and ERV

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

...Green Building Guides , on North America's favorite green building website , EcoHome.net.

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...Green Energy Green Economy Act (GEGEA), Ontario became the first in North America to offer a Feed-In-Tariff system (FIT) to promote sustainable energy. The most important programs that emerged from the GEGEA were the provincial FIT and microFIT programs. While the larger FIT program is designed to target large-scale ...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house

ARE TINY HOUSES FOR SALE LOCALLY A GOOD CHOICE FOR A FIRST HOME?

...living in a Tiny Home caught my eye when I was deliberating how to possibly become ( gasp! ) a responsible homeowner. The Tiny House Movement has become a bit of a craze over the past few years in the US where I’ve been living, especially since reality TV channels started airing shows such as Tiny House, Big Living, ...