Rural living / Guides

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...rural communities you will be able to find local farmers offering vegetables, meats and eggs. In certain ways rural living can’t help but increase your personal emissions, food production and buying local is one way to balance that. 3. Avoid building a home in a fragile ecosystem. Any new home will have an ecologic...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living green doesn't have to be a painful sacrifice, in fact it can quite enjoyable. What we want to show you is that a well-designed, open and versatile space can feel bigger than it really is, and be much more affordable to build and operate. If you are afraid to limit your home size in case your living situation c...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...rural, the hottest days and nights of summer may have you dreaming of coolers climates. However, those living in dense urban areas will feel it the most, where ambient temperatures can be 5 to 9 degrees Celcius higher. This marked difference is the result of a combination of factors, specifically the lack of vegetati...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...rural living, it’s awesome, and we get it. Some of us even live it. The problem is that as rural living suddenly becomes more popular, it puts a heavy burden on lands and services (not to mention waterways), so it is best done with thoughtfulness and careful planning. How to live green in the countryside It is a re...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

On a wooded Canadian farmstead in rural Alberta, the new house replaced an old home that was no longer able to fulfill its function. The architectural concept for the new home was simple: open, flexible, efficient (almost Zero Net Energy), and for an economical budget - not everyone can manage to build affordable net ...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...rural settings, and virtually unheard of in urban cores. Hydroelectricity is without a doubt renewable, but the ecological impact of setting up a system can be quite heavy, certainly if you intend to extract enough power to have a noticeable impact on your consumption. So we don't strongly advocate it for personal pr...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...rural surroundings. The concept behind the design is family, harmony and good living - all rolled into one. The warm and inviting interior wraps around on one side creating a private and intimate space that can be carefully oriented on a building lot to optimize solar gain, provice shelter from prevailing winds, or sim...

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?

...rural India, and the actual usage is limited to a few very low-powered lightbulbs, possibly occasional use of a small fan, and charging portable devices like phones. Doing the math: an hour on the bike generates around 0.11 kWh (more or less, depending on how fast you cycle, but probably not much more), and the avera...

Can I legally put a Tiny House on my Property?
Tiny house

How can I put a Tiny House on my property legally in the USA ? rather that short term, as is the case with recreational vehicles. States that are in the process of making tiny houses on wheels (THOWs) legal include – Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Florida, Texas, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, North Carolina . We've written about many of these states passing new laws to legal...