Grow your own / Guides

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...own of the dangers of these chemicals to your lawn – and to yourself. While it might take some time to get your lawn off drugs, it is worth the effort. Even poi...

Flooded streets impervious surfaces - Calgary Alberta
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

...your property as well as help prevent flooding. It is very easy for individual homeowners to manage their own stormwater onsite, and this should not be seen as ...

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

...your house large, medium or small? Is it pretty airtight or pretty drafty? Will your wood stove be the main heat source or just supplementary? Is your house poo...

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

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

...your home where it needs to go, then drive back and get your greenhouse. Two trips hauling trailers around. Greenhouses and growing food in cold climates Th...

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

Burning the right firewood for maximum heat output and minimum environmental impact

...your wood against your house. It prevents air flow through your wood and can prevent the wall of your home from shedding moisture as well. It can also introduce...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...grows, the demand for green building products increases, which naturally drives the price down. As a parting thought - another possible downside to be aware o...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...Growing Fruits and vegetables all year round in Canada or the colder parts of North America would be wonderful but, sadly, our climate limits us to a few growin...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

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

...owntown 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 o...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

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

...own expense. It’s a wonder, then, that I craved walls with the thickest insulation imaginable . Although we planned to use blown-in cellulose insulation – bas...

Dog strangling vine invasive species

Avoiding invasive species when landscaping

...your region, but we have also found this native plant database to be an excellent resource that is broken down by province as well as types of plants.