Sustainable landscaping / Guides

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...landscaping. Water is a quickly dwindling resource and Canadians and Americans are the highest per capita consumers of water in the world. So anything we can do to reduce water use for decorative purposes has to be a good thing. Rainwater recovery: For home durability, it's important that we properly manage the w...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...sustainable strategies. “We used healing gardens, large windows with outside views, fresh and friendly colours, task and ambient lighting, earth-tone fabrics, and soothing textures like wood and stone to enhance the patient experience, “says Alex Sullo, Director, Facilities Services, Bluewater Health. “At the same ti...

Edible Perennials
Landscaping

A guide to growing edible perennials.

...sustainable landscaping in the Ecohome green building guide pages .

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...sustainable and financially viable transit options in the near future - like the SEM-B Mobility system (see more here) . 2. Community involvement. The symbols of extravagance like big cars and big houses are seen less as impressive by younger generations, and instead sustainable, responsible lifestyle features are ...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...sustainable building products and techniques, and we offer green building courses as well. Are there any special mortgage or insurance rates for LEED homes? Yes, some institutions offer discounts . Many banks are now offering special mortgage rates for energy efficient green homes , and some home insurance companie...

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!
Landscaping

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...landscaping that reduces the need for supplemental water from irrigation. This often involves native plants which are hardy to the area , or drought-resistant flora from regions of low precipitation. Native perennial beds can replace a lawn providing local insect habitat & saving water Sustainable landscaping &...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...Sustainable Sites (22 points) Any new construction will have an ecological impact. This category seeks to limit that impact on the building site, as well as the surrounding environment and waterways. Points are awarded for responsible site stewardship during both construction and the lifecycle of the home. For exam...

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

...sustainable building technologies that reduce energy, water and resource consumption, while also maintaining the highest levels of functionality and comfort for occupants and tenants. The Earth Rangers Centre is proof that a building that was constructed to green building standards can also be operated even more sustai...

Deck Construction, 10 Top Tips for Building Decks
Decks, porches and gazebos

Building a deck ? 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...Sustainable Garden or Outdoor space here , or how about how to build a DIY natural pool for swimming here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides for Sustainable Homes

Urban Farm Unit - Aquaponics, Hydroponics, Pisciculture and Urban Farming
Food production

Growing food in urban cores with the Urban Farm Unit

...sustainable food production system that combines traditional aquaculture (raising fish or aquatic animals in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water without the use of soil) in a symbiotic environment. It's easy to get behind urban agriculture as a concept and a bit more challenging to get around issues ...

Rain barrels for storm water management and rainwater harvesting
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Introduction to rainwater harvesting

Rainwater harvesting is a great strategy for reducing domestic water use and protecting our homes and the land surrounding it. Harvesting rainwater can lead us to dozens of other practices that bring us into greater sustainability. The three potential sources for harvesting rainwater: Direct rainfall, street harve...