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Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...renewable. The main ingredient is linseed oil, which gives linoleum its name. Linseed oil comes from flax seeds, an easily cultivated plant also used to make linen. Other ingredients include natural pigments, pine rosin, and wood flour, often made from sustainably harvested pine trees. This mix is heated and run th...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...renewable resources. In many cases, that will reduce the embodied energy of a material and give it additional credibility in the green building world. For example, steel can score points in the LEED rating system because it contains high percentages of recycled content. That said, steel manufacturing, even with high le...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...renewable energy systems . In Canada, Ontario is at the forefront of that movement by offering strong financial incentives for homeowners to produce their own energy. Some of the other provinces seem to be lagging behind, offering artificially low rates and no net metering buy-back plan, rendering home renewable ener...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...renewable energy - solar power generation, solar power storage, electric vehicles, and a trend towards electric power tools and heavy equipment. As we face an ever-increasing risk from climate change, the urgency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to low-carbon construction techniques and renewable power...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...renewable energy. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that electricity generation from renewable energy sources will rise from 17% in 2019 and 20% in 2020, to 22% in 2021. So heating with electricity is really the only sustainable option at this point as we continue to migrate towards more renewable...

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?

...renewable energy there is still a significant amount of GHG emissions (greenhouse gases) due to consumption, as even hydrolectric installations damage the environment and release methane. You could literally drive yourself nuts if you over-analyse your every move in terms protecting the environment and reducing your ...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...renewable material, requires little processing and can almost always be purchased locally. This makes it a material with low environmental impact, provided it's harvested responsibly. In an effort to combat the devastation caused by destructive forestry practices, certification programs like FSC (Forest Stewardship Cou...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

...Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) class built a custom-designed tiny house, a 96-square-foot structure with a sleeping loft “upstairs” and a 300-watt solar powered electrical system. This semester, his class went one better, constructing a 70 square-foot “living system” that can be towed on a standard 5...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

The best tips to save money & reduce bills? First of all, the best way to reduce bills & save money is to spend as little as possible for the maximum return , as not everyone who wants to be 'green' has a wad of bills they can throw at the latest and greatest renewable technologies for sustainable homes. So where sh...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...renewable energy but you heat your house with fossil fuels, in winter months you would now be heating your water with fossil fuels. They work best and reduce your carbon footprint when combined with a clean source of interior air, like an air source heat pump. Now you know about efficient residential heat pum...

Wind turbine © Jinterwas, Flickr
Lifestyle and environment

Clean energy infrastructure and efficient-housing for Canada's Indigenous communities

...renewable energy initiatives to respect ecology, reinvigorate economies, and reconcile relationships. We have conviction that the earnings from clean energy projects can be reinvested in the future of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities across the country. Our Passion lies in translating this Belief, Trust, F...