Pollution / Guides

E-bikes and electric scooters- green transportation
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Why you should get an E-bike now

Ebikes or electric bikes - an increasing trend for urban commuting A basic ebike gives a rider about the same experience as a normal bike, just with a bit less effort . You can still ride on bike paths, you’ll still need to pedal, you’ll still get exercise and burn calories (though perhaps a few less). As an inter...

Real estate

Real estate

...pollution, noise pollution, commute times, walk-ability Emergency services: hospitals, fire and police Municipal services: access to power, water and sewers (this is more relevant for building lots) Green space: being close to parks and waterways Soil conditions and topography to avoid flooding Stay away from...

Choosing a home and neighbourhood
Real estate

Shopping for a home? Some tips for finding the right house and neighbourhood

...pollution, noise pollution, commute times, walk-ability Emergency services: Hospitals, fire and police Municipal services: Access to power, water and sewage (this is more relevant for building lots) Green space: Being close to parks and water ways Soil conditions and topography to avoid flooding Stay away fro...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...pollution is generated in production and manufacturing. Wood is abundantly available to us in Canada & North America, provided that forests are managed properly. Cons of Wood Siding: It is not the most durable choice to protect your home from weather, and clearly wood siding isn't the best for fire resistance. Wood c...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...pollution; and by encouraging non-toxic pest control and regionally appropriate 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 ...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...pollution and protect indoor air quality There is a steady increase in the amount of people that suffer from chemical sensitivities, and natural building materials can help alleviate that . Formaldehyde and other chemicals are commonly used in the manufacturing of building products, that adds to global air pollution ...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...pollution, climate change and deforestation. In some parts of the U.S. irrigation has caused such a drop in water levels that some hydroelectric dams have ceased to be productive, increasing production of non-renewable power sources. For the serious carnivores out there that can't bear the thought of a tofu burger,...

Flooded streets impervious surfaces - Calgary Alberta
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

...pollution and debris; ground water is depleted, and overburdened stormwater systems can lead to the flooding of streets and basements. Flooded residential neighbourhood via Wikimedia Treatment facilities that cannot handle the volume often have little option but to dump polluted stormwater and even raw sewage i...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...pollution in the form of fine particles, carbon monoxide, dust and sulfur. A healthy alternative to MDF boards Fun fact about rice - and the reason why rice MDF is a healthier alternative - because the internal and natural mold resistance of rice fibers is very high, there is no need to use formaldehyde-based adhes...

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

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...pollution of our air, land and waterways. When we limit the use of such chemicals at the point of consumption, we limit their production as well. Features: Zero VOC Paints and sealants (Volatile Organic Compounds) Radon venting Merv 11 air filters Formaldehyde-free cabinetry Co² detectors No PVC Coal ...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...pollution must be avoided as well. Ventilation systems and HRV / ERV systems should be equipped with suitable filters , and a portable air cleaner is also recommended. Particulate matter is one of the main hazards released into the air during wildfires. When it's smoky, particles with a diameter below 10 microns (PM1...