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Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

...grey water recycling , water saving showerheads and all about green home building at North America's free green building website, Ecohome . Text availablalikee under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, unless otherwise noted.

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...grey, and white roof membranes on the same building [see above photo] were measured to have maximum surface temperatures of approximately 75°C, 65°C, and 50°C [167°F, 149°F, and 122°F] respectively. While typically in cold climates we think of increased R-values as preventing heat loss from the warmer interior to the...

As our climate adapts to human carbon emissions, homes have to change
Lifestyle and environment

Changing homes in a changing climate

...grey” infrastructure. (Grey infrastructure refers to manmade solutions.) Dow Chemical just completed constructing a 110 acre wetland instead of a traditional waste water treatment plant, realizing many benefits, including a $38.5 million reduction in capital cost. The Canadian Insurance Industry is also working to ...

Non-toxic, naturally-dyed Easter eggs
Lifestyle and environment

DIY non-toxic & all natural Easter egg dye.

...grey. I know a few people who have had brilliant blue results with blueberries, I think it's possible that our water softener had something to do with our not so blue results. I don't know, but it's fun to experiment so, hey! Pink: Beets (try 2 sliced or grated beets per 1.5 cups water) Raspberries, mashed, boi...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Project Canada
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...Grey Construction Inc. Ottawa, ON Global Sustainable Solutions Tay Township, ON Habitat for Humanity Manitoba Winnipeg, MB Habitat Studio & Workshop Ltd. Edmonton, AB Insightful H...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...greying cedar siding, you won't need to do a lot of maintenance. Cons of cedar siding: Very expensive and time consuming to install. And if you DO mind the look of greying cedar siding, like all wood products, it will require regular repainting, staining or oiling to keep a consitent color & finish. (see here for eco...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...grey water heat recovery unit . This unit collected waste water from the bathroom sinks, tub and laundry unit in a 30 gallon storage tank and had a counter flow coil of fresh water to recover some of the waste heat in the waste water. This unit was not very successful as the waste water had soap added to the water be...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...grey energy of buildings New construction in both residential and commercial applications are increasingly being built to higher standards of energy-efficiency and overall sustainability . This building trend has resulted in marginally lower emissions from the built environment, which is encouraging. However, the mis...

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


...grey hairs too. In short, and after careful consideration to answer the above question, I’ve concluded that no, Tiny Homes on wheels are not what I would call good in my book. If you do decide to go down the Tiny home route, keeping it sited permanently in one place would be the more sustainable (and less stressfu...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...grey winters day. Before outside air enters the HRV it is preheated or pre-cooled using a simple heat exchanger connected to a 325’ long ground loop of 3/4” pipe buried 5’ deep. Using a circulator pump and electronic control, fluid is pumped through the ground loop and heat exchanger to heat or cool the air entering ...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...grey while exposed to weather and UV rays. Another option here is recycled plastic composite decking boards; they are not wood but rather plastic made to look like wood (we say that loosely because you would definitely be able to tell them apart in a police lineup). One advantage is they are often profiled to make a ...