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Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

Learn the steps to creating a successful commercial green roof - concept, design and maintenance.… Commercial Green Roof Case Study AB Canada Nestled in the Oldman River valley in Lethbridge Alberta, the green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature Centre (HSNC) has been attracting local and international attention fro...

Ice dam

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

Ice dams form at the bottom of roofs, letting water penetrate and cause damage to the interior of walls and roofs.… Ice dams form at the bottom of roofs, letting water penetrate and cause damage to the interior of walls and roofs.  When snow melts on a roof it runs down until it meets the unheated bottom edge of a r...

Frost in attic

Why is there frost in my attic?

A roof leak isn't really a roof leak if it’s leaking on a sunny day. It's more likely an accumulation of frost finally melting.… When a warm sunny day arrives after a long cold stretch and it seems like you have a roof leak when there isn't a cloud in the sky, it's very unlikely that the roof is the problem. Fros...

Living green roof installation on the Edelwiess house

DIY green roof installation video

A living green roof can last far longer than many other roofing systems when installed properly.… DIY Green Roof Installation The following DIY green roof video shows the steps needed to ensure your green roof will not leak. Watch more Green Building Guide videos from EcoHome on YouTube here The mos...

Mineral wool insulation in roof by Rockwool - LEED Platinum V4

Mineral wool insulation in roofs by Rockwool

Mineral wool batts being installed in roof for a total of R95 - Contributing to a LEED Platinum V4 certification for EcoHome's Edelweiss House… Mineral wool roof insulation used to best effect: Watch more Green Building Video Guides on the EcoHome YouTube Channel here The Ecohome's Edelweiss House LEED Pla...

Metal roof with solar panels

How to choose roofing materials

Choose durable roofing materials that will last through wind, precipitation and exposure to U.V rays.… 1. Asphalt shingles: Asphalt shingles © Ecohome We’ll start with shingles to get it out of the way, because choosing an eco-friendly, durable roof covering starts first with dismissing any idea of install...

Dog strangling vine invasive species

Avoiding invasive species when landscaping

How to identify and choose plants that are native to your region.… Invasive plants are defined as plants from other continents, countries or even other regions of Canada. Humans have been introducing foreign plants to new lands since the 17th century, for horticultural, agricultural or medicinal purposes. Due to a l...

Urban farming

Landscaping, outdooring & urban farming

Sustainable home landscaping has permeable surfaces, doesn't require a lot of watering, and ideally incorporates rainwater collection. Urban farming means you can eat what grows there, and that's even better.… How to grow vegetables and fruits in a garden Plants survived long before humans were around to water th...

Living green wall

Living walls: what they do and don't do

Bring nature into your home with a living green wall, but don't count on it for air purification.… It is well-documented that indoor air is filled with contaminants, mostly due to cooking (specifically burning) and improperly vented combustion appliances (woodstoves, gas water heaters, gas ranges, etc.). Following t...

Indoor hydroponic vegetable garden

Growing food indoors

Introducing BioCity's indoor vertical veggie garden. This beautiful installation made with reclaimed wine bottles allows you to grow arugula, chard, strawberries, cherry tomatoes and more all year round in your very own home.… Introducing BioCity's indoor vertical veggie garden. This beautiful installation made with...

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

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

Ground covers & succulent plants offer an Eco-friendly alternative to traditional high maintenance lawn, the bonus is, Bees love them too!… Alternatives to grass lawns - Ground covers!  North American backyards have one main point in common – Kentucky blue grass. But here we’re talking about ground covers and ...

News

Chicago green roof

Toronto Bylaw to Mandate Green Roofs

Toronto will soon see an explosion of green space in the downtown core as residential and commercial buildings comply with new bylaws. In the process we will see a cooler city, cleaner air, cleaner water and lower utility costs. All that and a great place… It's becoming increasingly more common to hear of record bre...

Bosco Verticale, The World's First Vertical Forest

Bosco Verticale, the world's first vertical forest

Vertical forests and vertical agriculture have long been dreamed of to help meet the need for urban food production and green space, but nothing ever got past the blueprints. Bosco Verticale in Milan is the first to break ground.… Canadian cities are relatively clean, green and few are severely overpopulated. Even i...

Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office

2015 Award Winning Project: Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office

It's that time of year when the Canadian Green Building Awards are granted. Among this years winners: MEC's Head Office… Originally published on the Sab Mag blog, click through to see the rest of this years awardees. Jury comment A very high-performance building that does justice to its client’s corporate phil...

Canadian LEED certification shows strong growth in first four months o

Canadian LEED certification shows strong growth in first four months of 2015

With 135 registrations and 202 certifications between January 1 and April 30, 2015, the Canada Green Building Council calls a strong start to the year in Green Building… Ottawa, ON – May 13, 2015 – The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) saw a very strong start to 2015 in terms of green building certifications in ...

Advice

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Redoing a roof in Miami

Posted by Michael Langlois Aug. 4, 2019, 11:52 a.m. Roof coverings 0 Responses

Metal roof assembly

Posted by Kim jarrett July 12, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

What is the best insulation Under 2" Cement flat Roof?

Posted by Rafael Mor March 29, 2019, 5:19 a.m. Roof assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Leak from attic

Posted by Markus Duess Feb. 11, 2019, 12:42 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Vapour barrier vs air barrier

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 6 Responses

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