Stormwater / Guides

Flooded streets impervious surfaces - Calgary Alberta
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

...stormwater is directed towards sewers and waterways. There are many results that may come from this - waterways can be contaminated with road pollution and debris; ground water is depleted, and overburdened stormwater systems can lead to the flooding of streets and basements. Flooded residential neighbourhood via...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...stormwater management may steer you towards a design and product choice in interlocking paver stones which will help you retain and manage stormwater that falls within your property. When patios and driveways have stones tightly joined and sealed at the joints, water has no ability to penetrate the ground below. It w...

Real estate

Real estate

...stormwater management - (eaves troughs, ground sloping away from the house, etc.) Interior design and functionality of space Soundproofing from the exterior and interior noise transmission Interior air quality does it smell fresh, stale, or like chemicals or tobacco smoke? Good quality windows - look for water ...

Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

...stormwater (or perhaps another lower tank). Choose your water pump carefully – it is very important to calculate the pressure and flow required to get the appropriate performance. Check out the Ecohome green building guide pages to see our Introduction to rainwater harvesting , to learn about water efficient fixt...

Aerial view of The Earth Rangers Centre (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)
LEED Homes

The Earth Rangers Retrofit a LEED Gold building and earn LEED Platinum

...Stormwater control Geothermal heating and cooling Vegetated green roofs The LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system focuses on measured performance of the building, and requires participants to track and prove the performance of their facility. Notable metrics attained by the build...

Suzlon's LEED Platinum wind power living laboratory in India
Lifestyle and environment

Green Building is accelerating around the world

...Stormwater treatment pond at Dockside Green in Victoria, B.C. © Ellen Moorhouse for the Toronto Star This increasing focus on sustainability from building owners will be a significant driver of market growth—as other owners look to compete and offer tenants healthy, productive environments. The key driver to going ...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...stormwater runoff and actually use that water to your advantage; read more here . Once you have limited the potential damaging input of any water coming off your roof, you need to grade your landscaping properly to direct rainfall intentionally. Even a 2% slope away from homes, decks, sheds or whatever, is all it tak...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...stormwater management strategies Rainwater catchment systems Graywater recovery systems Installing green roofs Planting native and adapted vegetation in place of lawns or ornamentals Investing in the above, and other things such as efficient cooling towers, and other innovative approaches to reducing on-sit...