Landscaping / Guides

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...landscaping that reduces the need for irrigation. Water Efficiency (15 points) The goal of this category is to reduce the overall consumption of water inside the home and out. Points are earned for water conscious home design including efficient appliances, fixtures and fittings; and reducing outdoor irrigation nee...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...landscaping materials, and placing of vegetable gardens. The new house Providing natural light and air was behind the idea of using the three-storey stairwell as a vertical ventilation ‘chimney’ topped with programmable venting skylights. Open concept and/or dynamic partitions allow complete cross ventilation...

Natural backyard swimming pool design (NSP)
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...landscaping is required as would be with a traditional in-ground pool, which can make the total finished cost of natural pools even more competitive. Depending on the design and size, plan on spending between $10,000 and $70,000, give or take for either type - depending whether you get a professional to help or if yo...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...landscaping and lawns with food production. And if you are a big egg eater, lobby for the return of egg laying hens in the city and build yourself a chicken tractor. You'll never mow again! And if possible, reduce your meat consumption. There are a lot of variables, but it is generally estimated that it takes about 1...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...landscaping must be completed at the time of final inspection. Learn all about LEED for homes , LEED V4 , Passive House Certification or other Green home rating systems for Canada and the U.S.A. in the Ecohome green building guide pages .

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

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...landscaping with native species . Commercial Green Roofs are A Collaborative endeavour: Green roofs are technically complex building systems , requiring collaboration between architects, structural engineers, mechanical engineers, civil engineers, landscape architects and specialty consultants. A successful green r...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

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

...landscaping rock, bricks or any combination thereof. We have a page dedicated to keyhole gardens for more details. For Seeds, Plants, Tools & Gardening products Online with delivery to the door, try here . 5.) The edible landscape, forest gardens and permascaping The art of edible permascapi...

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

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...landscaping are part of the solution, not the problem. Make certain that all that snow melting off your roof, lawn and driveway is directed away from your basement, not towards it. Having checked all that, and having prevented sudden and excess spring thaw water from arriving in your man-cave, the easiest and cheapes...

Flow Frames: A father and son revolutionize beekeeping and put honey o
Food production

Flow Frames: Revolutionary beekeeping puts honey on tap.

Can you imagine having honey on tap straight from your beehive? That is exactly what father and son team Stuart and Cedar Anderson aim to bring to market with an Indiegogo campaign they are launching later this month. Update: It launched yesterday! Don't miss out, one day into the campaign and they have raised over 1....

Climate change impact of diet
Lifestyle and environment

how your diet affects climate change

How does diet affect climate change? Dwindling water is the next big global resource crisis looming over us, and soil depletion isn't far behind. Living in a green home doesn't instantly equate to a low-impact lifestyle, if for example you have a long gas-powered daily commute and you eat a 12 ounce steak every nigh...

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...