Reducing your climate impact / Guides

HERD Home energy rating disclosure
Grants and incentives

Ontario's Home Energy Rating and Disclosure plan (HERD) is great news for home buyers

...reducing the impact of climate change and energy consumption, but in the short term, no one will benefit more than homebuyers. It is one thing to shop for house...

Trinity portable wind turbine for charging devices
Wind power

The Trinity portable wind turbine will charge your gadgets on the go.

...impact on slowing climate change . We recently posted a story on the pedal-powered Bicycle Generator , and its rather lofty claims that one hour of riding can...

60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)
Renewable energy

Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

...yourself nuts if you over-analyse your every move in terms protecting the environment and reducing your climate impact, so when we stumble across a cool tech ga...

Grey water and heat recovery shower
Bathrooms

EcoVéa: recycled and cleaned shower water

...impact on the extra amount of water necessary, increasing the savings to 80% in the case of a 20-minute shower. Reducing hot water consumption naturally red...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...Reducing your environmental impact: The slab-on-grade building method reduces your impact on the environment in two different ways: by greatly reducing the am...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...reducing your carbon footprint and living in a truly green home - the future requirements for getting everywhere your family needs to be can have an important i...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...climate change impact of the built environment, natural insulation materials such as hemp insulation, cellulose, wood fiber and grass insulation help us meet em...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Landscaping, outdooring & urban farming

...your foundation, preferably to a permeable area. For an affordable system guaranteed to impress your friends, hook that barrel (or barrels) up to a soaker hos...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...Reducing pollution: If your local grid is fed by renewable sources such as hydroelectric or wind power, then there is no need to install your own system to re...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...climate data. Much research has been conducted through the STEP program, ranging from low-impact development storm water management to energy efficiency and r...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...your house and having to assemble it yourself in your laneway. The big advances in prefab homes that you can expect to see coming soon, at least for the manuf...