Sustainable community / Guides

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...community development project in Vancouver and it demonstrates what a well planned project can be. When someone talks about the desirability of a community, they often think of their home or neighbourhood on a beautiful sunny day. People are increasingly considering not just how a home or community performs on a grea...

Artistic rendition of one of the pre-fab net zero energy homes, Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy Community in Calgary, Alberta

...sustainable building process to Calgary Homebuyers on this scale," said Sam Attia, President, Landmark Homes. "We are committed to providing an option that could potentially eliminate monthly electricity charges entirely for homeowners, among other sustainable benefits." Discover more about building Net Zero Energy h...

Canada one of the top 10 countries building LEED homes
LEED Homes

The top 10 countries outside the U.S. certifying buildings with the LEED rating system

...sustainable community development practices. We work closely with our member organizations who are involved in the design, construction and operation of buildings and homes in an effort to make every building greener. The CaGBC reduces environmental impacts from the built environment through education/training, buildin...

Wind turbine © Jinterwas, Flickr
Lifestyle and environment

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

...community housing. The 20/20 Catalysts Program currently includes 40 mentors from a wide range of fields; from Indigenous leaders who have completed projects, to the clean energy practitioners who supported them through that process. "There is an opportunity here to fundamentally change the landscape of energy acro...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...sustainable eco-friendly building materials. Hemp is a very sustainable crop given the quick growing time and the amount of carbon sequestered in hemp building products. A hemp crop goes from seed to ready-to-harvest in as little as 120 days, which helps preserve forests that are being clear cut to supply softwood lumb...

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row

...sustainable future. "At a time when the world needs real leadership to solve the problems facing us all, Canadian business leaders, policymakers and consumers have turned to LEED to show the international community what we can do at the local level to promote real, substantive change," said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and fou...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...community solar projects that can help to spread the cost of your solar panels over a period of time—some areas even have local solar parks that can be accessed by members of the community for a much lower cost. Now you know more about the Tesla Solar Roof, find more info pages about Solar PV & sustainable & ...

Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

...community and civil society to help advance green building as a complementary strategy to address pre- and post-emergency management situations, ultimately forging more resilient communities. "In the wake of last year’s disaster activity, with tornadoes across the southwest, flooding from Hurricane Irene and even an ...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...community. Bluewater Health achieved LEED certification for its reduced energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. “We used healing gardens, large windows with outside views, fresh and friendly colours, task and ambient lighting, earth-tone fabr...

Real estate

Downsizing your home: buying tips for seniors

...community resources. Buying into a 55-plus community is a good fit for some retirees. These homes are designed for aging in place and frequently provide conveniences like yard care. However, be wary of high association fees. Such dues could push a home that seemed affordable over your budget. Hiring help Senior h...

Green Home Design - What makes a city livable
Choosing where to live

What makes a green home livable to you?

...sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : Resilient homes: future-proof building for a changing Climate See the most resilient home in North America How much insulation do I need in green home construction? Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Wh...