Landscape / Guides

Edible Perennials
Landscaping

A guide to growing edible perennials.

...landscape design and forest gardening, taking in the general concepts of Permaculture can help tremendously. An edible forest can feature a number of natural layers. Fruit and nut bearing trees can create a canopy, dwarf trees shrubs and vines can create a natural under layer and be followed by low growing plants and...

building with recycled shipping pallets
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Building with recycled shipping pallets

...landscape design and build firm that endeavours to create elegant and modern landscapes with a focus on sustainability and longevity for their work. “Plug and Play – the Pallet Garden” is their 5th feature garden installation for the annual Canada Blooms Garden Festival. Building with shipping pallets ©...

Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

...landscape and access to a full-length deck. Bedrooms are located on opposite ends of the rectangular plan, book-ending the open living spaces. + HOUSE is embedded with a wealth of complex, health sensitive materials and methods. Built of inert cementitious blocks that inhibit the growth of fungi and molds, the walls ...

“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?

...landscape will ultimately determine which groundcovers will perform best in your yard. If you have a bright, sunny area to fill with groundcover plants, there are a lot of options, including: Creeping Jenny Creeping Jenny is used as an eco-friendly groundcover lawn Creeping Herbs, such as thyme and oreg...

The Archipod
Tiny house

Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

...landscape, it's safe to say that the Archipod team met their goal and then some. With its circular design, 3' 4" polycarbonate dome roof and gull winged door, it's clear that these pods go beyond functional into the realm of artistic design. Functionality Each Archipod is fitted with an ergonomically semicircular...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...Landscape Architect De Waal Developments General Contractor De Waal Developments Photos Cooper and O’Hara Photography, Merle Prosofsky

Wind turbine © Jinterwas, Flickr
Lifestyle and environment

Clean energy infrastructure and efficient-housing for Canada's Indigenous communities

...landscape of energy across Canada. By breaking down silos and enabling Indigenous communities to gain the knowledge needed to enhance their participation in clean energy projects, we unlock potential not found anywhere else." - Chris Henderson, Lumos Energy Participants in the 2016 20/20 catalyst progra...

Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...landscape architects and specialty consultants. A successful green roof is a combination of engineering, architecture and ecology. A successful green roof also thrives with life - plants bloom, insects buzz, birds chirp, and visitors are astounded to find a living oasis on a roof. Success requires technical excellenc...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...landscape may only include native and/or naturalized species planted in such a way that emulates density and biodiversity of indigenous ecosystems and supports succession. 2) Urban agriculture: The project must integrate opportunities for agriculture appropriate to its scale and density using the Floor Area Ratio (...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...landscape. To find out more about invasive plant species, consult the Canadian Botanical Conservation Network. Water Efficiency (WE) 3.1 Fixture efficiencies: The only prerequisite in this category is that toilets do not consume more than 6.0 litres (or 1.6 gallons) per flush. Dual flush toilets meet these requir...

Flooded streets impervious surfaces - Calgary Alberta
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

Stormwater - why it's important to choose permeable surfaces for paths & driveways As cities expand into the green space around them, naturally permeable landscapes are replaced with buildings, roads and parking lots. This inhibits the natural water-filtering process that happens when micro-organisms in the soil bre...