Technology / Guides

Plastic in landfill
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Turning Waste Plastic Into useable Fuel

...technology will be part of that process. Aside from landfills we also have in the South Pacific what is known as ‘Garbage Island’, where converging ocean curr...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...technology have been so dramatic that burning wood or biomass fuel for heat can be an ecologically responsible choice , which wasn't always the case. Accordin...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...technology, but not at the current price. Interior compressor units: The SANC02 is the only exterior compressor unit available in Canada, but there are seve...

Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Solar photovoltaic

Flexible PV 'solar glitter' panels coming soon

Standard solar panels are rigid, relatively heavy and fragile. A new product on the market called Microsystems Enabled Photovoltaics (MEPV) from mPower Technol...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...Technology University, recently published an article in Green Building Advisor that demonstrates the results of his research on this. Working in conjunction wit...

Transparent solar power producing windows
Renewable energy

transparent solar panels

...technology, as current solar cell technologies just don't have the capacity to offset the entire energy bill of such a building. Skyscrapers are notorious energ...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...technology, but for single family homes you will get far more bang for your buck if you put that money into insulation instead. Read all about auto-feeding wo...

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...technology to ensure a reasonable return on the investment. Eligibility Prices and Project types for the microFIT program: Renewable Technology ...

Grey water and heat recovery shower
Bathrooms

EcoVéa: recycled and cleaned shower water

...technology sooner, and hard to imagine why we would build a shower any other way now that it's available. After taking a moment to visualize the amount of the...

Water efficient Boulevard FloWise toilet from American Standard
Bathrooms

Efficient toilets for LEED homes

...technology to ensure thorough bowl cleaning, which is another good thing to look for because streaks aren’t part of MaP testing, and poor performance on that fr...

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

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...technology, the pilot is also aimed at advancing the commoditization of net zero energy homes in Canada. With the draft 2014 R-2000 Standard and the next genera...