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Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...Greenhouse construction © Pierre Fisette Maude Alary-Paquette – A low-budget greenhouse in Northern, cold Quebec Region: Haute-Gaspésie, town of La Martre along the banks of the St. Lawrence river Greenhouse construction: This cold climate greenhouse is 10 x 16 feet, built using a repurposed Tempo Shelter m...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...greenhouse in this blog . Greenhouse windows © Ceres Greenhouse Solutions 5. In the summer you can help keep your greenhouse cooler by using a material with a lower light transmittance on the roof. We recommend hail-resistant polycarbonate plastic with at least 2 air pockets for insulation. Se...

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

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

...greenhouse. Two trips hauling trailers around. Greenhouses and growing food in cold climates The climate impact of food production is already very high; we don’t need to find ways to make it higher by trucking a load of soil and a greenhouse around for no apparent reason. See here for more on the impact of our diet...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...greenhouse gas emissions than that of wood. In effect, building with wood is a measure that can help combat climate change, provided that an equal amount of new trees are planted. By capturing the carbon around them and converting it into oxygen (the process of photosynthesis), trees help to reduce greenhouse gas emi...

Urban Farm Unit - Aquaponics, Hydroponics, Pisciculture and Urban Farming
Food production

Growing food in urban cores with the Urban Farm Unit

...greenhouse extension, both of which house an aquaponic farm within. With traditional aquaculture, effluents accumulate in the water creating a toxic environment for the fish. Aquaponics addresses this issue by pumping the feces-filled water to a holding tank where bacteria break the effluent down into an essential nu...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II in Vancouver, BC
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) Measures the Environmental Benefit of the LEED Certification Program.

...greenhouse gas emissions , national energy and water consumption and waste diversion. The results were compelling: A 312,006 C02e tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions which equates to taking 58,980 cars off the roads for a year. Energy savings of 1,600,321 eMWh, enough to power 54,307 homes in Canada for a...

LEED Canada on the rise
LEED Homes

LEED Canada shows strong growth during summer of 2015 including first LEED® v4 certified project

...greenhouse gases generated overall. This role is being acknowledged internationally at the Conference of the Parties (COP) 21 meetings in Paris on Dec. 3, when leaders will, for the first time, dedicate an entire day to addressing how countries can work to reduce the carbon footprint of their buildings. “This has bee...

HERD Home energy rating disclosure
Grants and incentives

Ontario's Home Energy Rating and Disclosure plan (HERD) is great news for home buyers

...greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. What this means for homeowners and buyers, is that before a house can be put on the market it will require an energy audit and rating, which will be paid for by the government. “Ontarians deserve to know how a home operates when comparing properties to better understand their monthly fut...

Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

...greenhouse gases through energy efficiency and renewable/low-carbon energy supplies. "Every building is designed for a specific range of conditions, such as peak temperature, storm surge and average precipitation. Climate change has the potential to undermine some of these assumptions and potentially increase risks t...

Natural gas fireplace
Heating with gas and oil

Heating with natural gas

...greenhouse gas footprint at least 20% higher than coal, and according to the journal Climatic Change, "perhaps twice as great". Methods for heating with natural gas: With a condensing boiler: Water vapor formed during combustion is condensed and recovers the latent heat of condensation. This is a very efficient c...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for patients, staff and the larger community. Bluewater Health achieved LEED certification for its reduced energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. “We used healing gardens, l...