Spring / Guides

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...spring thaw. Most homeowners assume they have a roof problem like a leak, that maybe their roof covering has been damaged over winter, but it probably isn't if the problem wasn't there before. Ironically, in our experience, ice often forms in the attic after DIY roof insulation projects where new insulation covers up v...

The off-grid Ecocapsule accessory dwelling unit
Tiny house

The off-grid Ecocapsule tiny house

...Spring 2016 - check out the first photos of this low-energy sanctuary after the break, and picture yourself living the dream. Like the Swiss Army Knife of tiny homes, the Ecocapsule packs everything you need into one very efficient, compact design. Complete with rather luxurious amenities, inc...

Shaded vegetable garden success
Food production

Growing vegetables in the shade

...spring, are delicious when lightly steamed or sauteed. Though fiddleheads can easily be harvested in the wild (what a fun spring activity!) they can easily be cultivated in the shadiest recess of any garden. We ended up planting them in a super shady bed previously home to a variety of Hostas. The Ostrich ferns we tran...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...spring. Specific design techniques were employed to increase perceptually and physically the limited interior space—visually by extending the eye outward, and physically by extending the living space to the exterior through a series of highly useable outdoor spaces on multiple levels. The deck area provides ample...

net zero energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...Spring 2014 to Spring 2015: Houses will be constructed and then go through the R-2000 verification and labelling protocol. Summer 2015 to Fall 2015: Post-program analysis will be undertaken to allow NRCan to assess the feasibility of recognizing R-2000 net zero energy performance within its suite of standards as well...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...Spring flooding of basements is very common and most times can be easily avoided. Why basements flood in the first place is pretty easy to answer – it’s a hole in the ground and the ground is wet! Basements are sometimes below the water table to begin with, but water tables rise during the spring snow melt, and without...

Edible Perennials
Landscaping

A guide to growing edible perennials.

...spring shoots Tiger lilly - flowers Violet - flowers Forget-me-not - flowers Mushrooms: Shitake Oyster Herbs: Wild Leeks (Ramps) Sorrel Nettle Thyme Sage Lavender Lemon balm Bee balm (Oswego) Mint Garlic grass Chives A...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...spring of 2015, and generated a long list of potential buyers of future projects. The two-bedroom residences average 825 square feet and were priced from $295,000 to $350,000 per unit. The North Park Passive House was designed by HCMA Architecture + Design , and combined the context of the existing neighbourhood and ...

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...spring on a 2,000 square foot three bedroom home. At the head of this project is Chris Magwood, executive director of the Endeavour Centre. "A lot of people think we’re far from being able to live lightly, and comfortably, on the planet. We’d like this project to show that it’s a goal well within reach." - Chris Ma...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

...spring rains can lead to very high water tables and consequently, sewage backflow is an increasing danger to homes and the health of occupants. According to the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), sewer backups and basement water damage are among the most common home insurance claims. A lower-maintenance and more re...