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...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...green-lifestyle organizations in your area. There are many organizations, groups and web resources that encourage and teach green living lifestyle habits like composting and gardening, greening our streets, promoting alternatives to pesticides etc. Check local bulletin boards and community centres for groups in you...

Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

...live in 2-3 person households (57%), and live in apartments or condominiums (47%) between 500 and 1,200 square feet (54%). As a part of our initial analysis, we identified key themes from the online responses such as: sunlight or daylight, fresh air, views, connection to nature, neighbourhood or community, proximity ...

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...

A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

...live in a tiny house. That brings us to this new one, the tiny house with a portable greenhouse. Without mincing words, my first thought is – you’ve got to be joking. Anyone who builds and lives in a tiny house, and wants a greenhouse for growing their own food is likely to be someone who leans towards wanting a gree...

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...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...live it. The problem is that as rural living suddenly becomes more popular, it puts a heavy burden on lands and services (not to mention waterways), so it is best done with thoughtfulness and careful planning. How to live green in the countryside It is a reality that more people will want to live away from cities, ...

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...