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 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...

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...

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 c...

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-prog...

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...

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...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...Spring and fall: If a solarium is facing south and there are no leaves on trees or anything else to block the sun, you can expect them to constantly overheat ...

Edible Perennials
Landscaping

A guide to growing edible perennials.

...spring shoots Tiger lilly - flowers Violet - flowers Forget-me-not - flowers Mushrooms: Shitake Oyster Herbs: Wi...

The Pros & Cons of Lasagna Gardening for Growing Food
Food production

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...springs to mind… Lasagna Gardening; the ‘pros’ Opinions are subjective regarding the pros of lasagna gardening , and what one person may find as a labor-sav...