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Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
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...

Electric vehicle charging station
Commuting

Electric Vehicles getting help from the provinces

...power doesn't come from thin air, that's the first thing to realize. If you burn coal or gas to generate power to charge a car, doesn't that mean you are still driving around on fossil fuels? Yep. However, it's likely most car charging will happen at off peak hours, either because it happens when you are home sleeping,...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

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

...Green Building Guide . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Electric Home Heating Delivery Options - which are best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips Renewable Energy - What are the Best Ways to Generate Power at Home? See the PowerPod Win...

Aerial view of The Earth Rangers Centre (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)
LEED Homes

The Earth Rangers Retrofit a LEED Gold building and earn LEED Platinum

...power 12 average Canadian homes for a year) 1.5 million liters of water recycled in 2011 100% of power supplied comes from renewables or low impact hydroelectric generation sources 100% of all cleaning products meet green cleaning standards Native and drought hardy landscaping that needs no irrigation and uses ...

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...power affordably, safely, and with limited environmental impact. Feeding power back into the grid can be something of an effective 'storage' solution depending on how your regional power supplier rewards you for your contribution, but that does nothing for you in the face of power outages. Prior to Aquion's saltwat...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...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 here . Desjardins : Desjardins' Green Homes Program is available both in Qu...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...power installations in the past few years. If you’re thinking about taking the leap into renewable energy in your own home but don’t feel you have enough information about current developments in solar technology, then this article is for you. We’ve outlined some of the basics of residential solar power today and how...

Choosing a home and neighbourhood
Real estate

Shopping for a home? Some tips for finding the right house and neighbourhood

...power, water and sewage (this is more relevant for building lots) Green space: Being close to parks and water ways Soil conditions and topography to avoid flooding Stay away from flood plains Backyard privacy and greenery Sun exposure: For interior quality of life, also for a garden if that's your thing. Co...

Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Solar photovoltaic

Flexible PV 'solar glitter' panels coming soon

...Power Technology may change that. The cells in these pliable sheets are made from high-efficiency silicon, and if one cell is damaged or loses power, the rest will continue to operate. A more resilient design means a longer life and that makes them cheaper in the long run. The cost of solar technologies has dropped b...

Wood pellet stoves that don't need electric ideal for off grid operation
Wood stove and biomass heat

These wood pellet stoves for off-grid heating don't need electric to operate

...power outages over winter. Contact the manufacturer here, in beautiful Oregon, if you want one and please mention EcoHome! Edison ECO-45 battery/solar powered pellet stove The other zero-electric wood pellet stove we like is the Edison ECO-45 from Drolet, which is perhaps a little easier to imagine in your living r...

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

UBC Lab Exceeds LEED Platinum becoming one of North America's greenest buildings

...powers itself and a neighboring building with renewable and waste energy, creates drinking water from rainwater and treats wastewater onsite. The CIRS building includes a green roof courtyard © Don Erhardt CIRS will be an international centre for research, partnership and action on sustainabil...