Pools / Guides

Natural swimming pool design (NSP) for eco homes
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...pools Natural pools were inspired by the beauty and joy of swimming in mountain lakes , a team of Austrian researchers are credited with launching a movement back in the 1980's that saw chlorinated swimming pools being replaced by natural swimming pools and swimming ponds. The idea of swimming in a pool that invite...

Saving Energy in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Our Top Tips to Save Money
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Top tips for energy efficient swimming pools - reduce pool cleaning & running costs

...pools) - Designed for above ground swimming pools up to 30 feet in length. It takes less than 2 hours to clean your pool with built-in water filtering and scrubbing. Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus (for inground pools) - Ideal for swimming pools up to 50 feet in length. The power cable is sixty feet long and has a unique sw...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...Pools? A liquid solar cover is a microscopically thin layer of alcohol that sits on top of the water of a pool. This layer reduces water evaporation which is a major cause of water heat loss and there are liquid solar covers which have been FDA and EPA approved to use in swimming pools. Some have also been approved b...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II in Vancouver, BC
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) Measures the Environmental Benefit of the LEED Certification Program.

...pools. Recycling over 2 million tonnes of construction/demolition waste, or enough to fill 639,642 garbage trucks. Installing 100,239 sq metres of green roofs, or an area the size of 66 NHL hockey rinks. Green roofs reduce the urban heat island effect, reduce building energy demands, provide urban green space and m...

Wood Combustion - How it works and the different stages
Wood stove and biomass heat

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns & How to get the best heat while being eco-friendly

...pools, evaporation takes a lot of energy - which goes against the grain where burning wood for heat goes, so first rule of wood burning in stoves or fireplaces is; Burn Dry Wood! Maximum moisture content should be considered around the 15-20% range, so when choosing firewood, make the humidity a consideration as well a...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...pools. This is a smart system that will go into a sleep mode when there has been no activity for 72 hours, and it will automatically go back into operational mode when water use is detected. How cool is that? An annual servicing by a professional is recommended but, short of that, this is an extremely low-maintenance...

Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables for Homes & Apartments
Food production

Food & Greens can be grown easily indoors - here's how!

...pools in the bottom. Before the seeds have sprouted, it’s better to be kept in the dark. You could place the container in a cupboard but the old adage is true; out of sight, out of mind. A beginner is wiser to leave the jar on a countertop and covered with a thick cloth or towel so that it’s not forgotten. Re-soak ...

“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?

...pools or plunge pools are a great addition to any eco-friendly garden for your green home To see more eco-friendly options for your backyard, see the EcoHome Guides!

Carbon Offset Schemes - Whale Poop leads Nature's Own Way
Lifestyle and environment

Save the Whale's (Poop) - Save the Planet !! (And $2m per Whale)

...pools & ponds Compare the Carbon Footprint of Wood v Steel V Concrete Buildings Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction The original whale-poop podcast that prompted this "punny" article Find more about green home construc...