Indoor garden / Guides

Indoor hydroponic vegetable garden
Food production

Growing food indoors system to create a product that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Requirements for the system: It may be obvious that the single most important aspect to ensure the success of your indoor garden installation will be access to sunlight. A south-facing window with a minimum of 4 hours sunlight is ...

Which Houseplants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which houseplants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...indoor air? The idea that house plants filter and clean indoor air is at best a mini-truth, and at worst a total myth, and like any pseudo-science health trend, it can have a negative impact as well. Providing false solutions to human health issues gives people a false sense of security. Having plants in your home pr...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...indoor relative humidity. If it's too high add a dehumidifier into the mix and the problem’s solved. 3-story vertical garden plant wall Now that you understand what Living Green Walls do and don't do, find more about protecting indoor air quality by Choosing non-toxic paint , Choosing non-to...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

Protecting your indoor air quality: Any renovation or building project is exciting, but it can also be exhausting and emotionally taxing. Right at the end when it's time to furnish your new space can be one of the hardest times to stick to your environmental convictions. When you are finally ready to move in, th...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...indoor/outdoor deck, creating a haven away from the wind and allowing an intimate family area that extends the living space into the garden. Much more than just a beautiful face, designed from the outset to stringent LEED ® certification standards, and with the possibility of adapting to a Zero Energy Ready home, the...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...indoors, so it only makes sense that we work to ensure healthy indoor air quality. Many building materials contain chemicals that are extremely harmful when inhaled and can lead to severe respiratory illnesses. Along with the health impacts for home occupants, chemical manufacturing can put production workers at risk...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...indoor air quality, it would have no connection to the electrical grid, municipal water supply or sewer system. Our review of this house is based on the CMHC’s research report, along with the homeowners’ testimony after more than 20 years living in it. The ‘Toronto Healthy House’ design concept As a semi-detached, ...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...indoor temperature rises to about 7° Celsius, which is pretty much every house in Canada one would hope. According to Reynolds, the key to the 'Thermal Wrap' design is putting the insulation several feet further back from the tire wall to increase the dirt mass of the wall (to about 7 feet he said in a video), which ...

The Elegant Farm hydroponic bottle garden

Hydroponic bottle gardener launches kickstarter campaign

...indoors in his Montreal home, Jesse Herbert of Oopsmark developed the Elegant Farm vertical hydroponic system. It's easy to operate, takes up less than 1 square foot of space, costs 3¢ a week in electricity and grows greens, herbs and vegetables indoors year-round. Furthermore, it's handmade in Canada using natural, bi...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...indoor air quality. What do International pallet stamps look like? We were curious to find out what all those stamps on pallets meant, so here goes... This is the information on an IPPC stamped pallet which help to identify which should be safe and which are toxic There are two main things to look for on...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...indoor living space, they allow you to feel like you are connected with nature no matter the season. But when you look past the initial attraction and instead evaluate them based on their energy footprint, durability and comfort, they are unfortunately not well-suited to cold climates such as we have across most of C...