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Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...home, this is why in the LEED rating system you will see references to 'drought resistant ' and 'native species ' in terms of landscaping. Water is a quickly dwindling resource and Canadians and Americans are the highest per capita consumers of water in the world. So anything we can do to reduce water use for decorat...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...homes earn LEED certification? LEED Canada for Homes is accessible anywhere in Canada . There are LEED for homes providers across the country that will act as your agent during the certification process. Please see our providers list to find one in your region. Are there LEED prefab homes? A manufactured home can...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...home upgrades. Since your ecological footprints are so heavy residential areas, it is important to take steps to mitigate that as much as possible. All the information necessary to build a green home is available on this site, but in the meantime if you live in a conventional home, start by reading our simple househo...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...home upgrades for health and efficiency. It isn’t necessary to embark on an expensive remodeling project, you can gradually and affordably reduce the energy needed to run your home. Improving the seal of windows and doors , replacing old inefficient doors and windows, install electronic thermostats and dimmer switche...

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

...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 no pesticides An extensi...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...landscaping pavers for paths and driveways Here. Water-permeable stone pathway © Torun Construction Services Landscaping stones with grass © Windsor Companies Hydr’eau Pave permeable landscaping pavers © Oaks Pavers / Brampton Brick ...

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

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

...landscaping that reduces the need for supplemental water from irrigation. This often involves native plants which are hardy to the area , or drought-resistant flora from regions of low precipitation. Native perennial beds can replace a lawn providing local insect habitat & saving water Sustainable landscaping &...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...home’s operational systems, as well as provide homeowners with the completed LEED checklist and accompanying paperwork, including manuals on all home systems. Once all of the prerequisites are met, the LEED rating system is a fairly adaptable process. Modest sized homes are encouraged, but larger homes can meet certi...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...homes Preventing mold when you insulate your basement 'Smart' sewage backup flood prevention devices & Alarms Rainwater management & water-permeable landscaping Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecoho...

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

...landscaping a garden in cold climate zones and your home has a basement, is how to prevent spring thaw basement flooding - so be sure to carefully grade surfaces under decks and the deck itself away from your property to direct snow melt away from the home and basement. The Choice for Deck Surfaces - How to Choose Wo...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 8 great tips for growing food in small spaces

...home but have limited space, don't despair. Your dream of home-grown food is still within reach. You may be wondering how to grow vegetables if you have little to no space with full sun exposure, but many vegetables will tolerate partial shade, and a few could even be considered 'shade vegetables' as they won't toler...