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Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...use your Visa Desjardins card to pay for your purchases. Learn more about the Green Homes Program . SaveONEnergy Incentives for New Home Builders: $500/$1000 for EnerGuide 83/85, and/or prescriptive measures for lighting, A/C, home automation. Details here. Kitchener: Residential homes certified to LEED standards w...

Flooded streets impervious surfaces - Calgary Alberta
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

...foresight and planning, the next watering moratorium could have little to no effect on you keeping a lush property and garden. For greater detail on sustainable urban landscapes, check out some of the following pages: Read about Water Permeable Surfaces for Driveways & Pathways for Green Homes Here , or the EcoHome G...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...rainwater drainage collection to a drywell, which will be eventually be upgraded to a cistern for efficient rainwater re-use, water-conserving fixtures, and use of drought-tolerant native plants, are measures on almost any house. We used a geothermal system for heating through water-to-water heat pumps and bottom up ...

Reduce water consumption with residential gray water recycling systems
Plumbing and water heaters

Gray water recycling

...for reduced water use - USA & Canada Rainwater recovery and irrigation Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

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

...use that you’re going to want that for - except for possible subsoil irrigation for garden shrubs and lawns where it's allowed - because plants are pretty useful for reducing nitrate content too. Graywater is more easily filtered and treated than "black" water, then used for secondary purposes such as flushing toilet...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...use in a suburban area is from travel. The figure drops to 26% for the same family living in the same house located in a neighborhood where work and key services can be accessed on foot or by public transportation. So when you factor in the lifestyle of occupants, the 'functional' energy efficiency of a home comes fr...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...use was built outside of them. 11. More options for Green building certifications Passive House certified homes consume about 90% less energy that a code-built house . As a green home certification program, Passive House is getting a boost from some regional building codes in the form of financial incentives that h...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...used for cooking, and in colder climates water heating. Rainwater is collected, stored in large plastic cisterns and filtered for residential use; waste water is treated on site and used for growing food. The south-facing wall is all windows and acts as a heat collector and greenhouse where food is produced all yea...

Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

...rainwater catchment system If it is not for financial reasons, why are you installing a water tank? Here are some reasons: To do your part for water conservation; to be able to water your garden with some independence from water restrictions; to use rainwater for laundry, showers and toilets; for increased ...

Lockeport Beach House
Real estate

Lockeport Beach House wins Canadian Green Building award

...rainwater that is funneled into three 6,700 litre cisterns. The storage tanks are the sole source of water for the house. © Janet Kimber Lockeport Beach House © Janet Kimber Lockeport Beach House © Janet Kimber Project Credits: Architect Nova T...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...use. For example, many people leave the water running while brushing their teeth. One look at a water meter ticking is usually all takes to put a quick end to that habit. It has been found that metered households use 39% less water per person than unmetered households, or 229 litres per person compared to 376 litres ...