Live green / Guides

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...green home is available on this site, but in the meantime if you live in a conventional home, start by reading our simple household improvement tips. 4. Landscaping and urban farming. At whatever level you think you can handle, try urban farming . Grow yourself something to eat in whatever space you have available,...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...green home construction industry Green home tax credits and interest-free loans are the best return on investment for government stimulus . An investment into improving home energy-efficiency has a multitude of benefits, with the most notable being that you get a more energy-efficient home that saves you money . An e...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...liveable and tell yourself “I’ll get to that later.” One option to investigate if you have the available funds, is purchasing a trailer to live in. They tend to hold their value well if not abused or driven, so you can live on site and sell it afterwards. 5. Prefab homes and kit homes: You can purchase a shell (f...

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...green home construction, the Endeavour Centre will have an entirely sustainable home to sell, and the students that built it will have certification in green building. Expected to cost $250,000 to complete and cost about 15% over market value, this house will be more than worth the cost when you see (or don’t see) your...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...Green home." LEED for Homes: Originating in the USA, LEED is currently the most prolific green building rating system and stands for; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). To quote the U.S Office of Federal Environmental Executive, “green building’ is de...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...live within 2400km of Saguenay, you can get a black, grey or charcoal counters now and still get that last crucial LEED point. For more on how to build healthy kitchens , Choosing eco-friendly and healthy countops and all about sustainable home construction, check out the Ecohome Green building guide, North America's...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...green building: High performance, energy efficient Eco homes may include features like geothermal heating, wind power and solar panels, but these are not the defining features of green living. They come in second, and some you can even do without. A green home starts with being well-designed, well-insulated, and if p...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...live, but a little carbon intensive if you aren't careful. Here's a few tips that might help. 1. Commuting. Do you live more than 25 miles from your work? Depending on your vehicle, your annual commute will release between one and three tons of greenhouse gases . You will also spend over 260 hours a year in your ca...

Aerial view of BRE Innovation Park Living City Campus
Lifestyle and environment

Seven experimental homes being built at the Living City Campus North of Toronto

...green building products. “Each of those new buildings will be built to different performance targets for water efficiency, energy efficiency, accessibility, etc. It’s basically a sandbox to test and evaluate green building technologies,” said Glenn MacMillan, senior manager of water and energy at TRCA. No one will live...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...livered to your home. Solar panel manufacturing facility How do I buy green energy? Not everyone can afford a rooftop solar installation to ensure their own green power, and not everyone has a roof that can even accommodate PV solar panels. US states and Canadian provinces will have varying levels of gree...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...green kitchen countertops, and maintaining healthy indoor air quality , read about green kitchens here , in the EcoHome Green Building Guides for Sustainable construction .