Urban / Guides

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...urban cores), firewood is fairly easy to come by, along with manufactured pressed-wood logs that can be found at most hardware stores. Manually-operated pellet stoves: Most pellet stoves require power to feed the hopper. You could rig up a small PV solar panel to run it; optionally, there are a couple of models of pe...

Commuting after Lock-down in the new Covid-19 World
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Green commuting - getting back to work after social distancing is relaxed

...urban survival ‘bug-out bag’ that is always ready to go so you don’t have to dig for rain gear if the weather looks ominous. For a high tech commuting solution Then for those looking for the ultimate in compact and high tech commuting , there's the Segway Ninebot S-Plus - billed as 'your personal self-balancing tra...

Wood pellet stoves that don't need electric ideal for off grid operation
Wood stove and biomass heat

These wood pellet stoves for off-grid heating don't need electric to operate

...urban areas, it does not pose the same health risk when they're used in more remote or off-grid areas, on condition that you choose a model of wood pellet stove that has manual rather than electric operation for feeding in the wood granules. How 'green' they are has more to do with what you burn, how you burn and the...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...Urban agriculture: The project must integrate opportunities for agriculture appropriate to its scale and density using the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) as a basis for calculation. 3) Habitat exchange: For each hectare of development, an equal amount of land away from the project site must be set aside in perpetuity as ...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...urban density and requiring all new civic buildings to be zero emissions. The city has also imposed upon itself a more rigorous building code than the national norm, and it is encouraging builders to take it even a step further by removing as many obstacles as they can to make pursuing high performance building certi...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...urban or rural surroundings. The concept behind the design is family, harmony and good living - all rolled into one. The warm and inviting interior wraps around on one side creating a private and intimate space that can be carefully oriented on a building lot to optimize solar gain, provice shelter from prevailing wind...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...Urban Development Association of Canada (HUDAC) Mr Rob Dumont, University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Prof. George Green, University of Saskatchewan Prof. R.W. Besant, University of Saskatchewan Mr Garry Marvin, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Mr Harold Orr, National Research Council. (NRC) Beca...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...urban core such as downtown Toronto, we find it difficult to justify constructing entirely independent systems, particularly in terms of their environmental impact. In an urban neighbourhood you have easy access to existing service networks, which is the most economical option in every respect, particularly in terms of...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...urban infill building Urban infill construction slows urban sprawl and protects green space. That’s a good thing. But as so often is the case, those living in established older neighborhoods are often loath to see changes to their communities and increases in traffic, which is a fully understandable sentiment. But it...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...urban infill lot, leaving you two options: a smaller house or a basement. Despite their disadvantages, basements are often very practical since they provide a significant amount of storage space. Without a basement, everything that would have been down there must fit into the rest of the house or in the garage or she...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...urban centers. Downtown urban living isn't for everyone, so by all means live the way you want. But there is no denying the fact that the housing density and shared resources of urban centers will be the best way to reduce your personal carbon footprint if that's your thing. The economics of tiny houses: They wil...