Shelter

Posted on April 04, 2014

A Shanghai company has 3D printed 10 small houses, 200 square metres, costing about $5000.

Posted on August 29, 2012

O.U.R. Ecovillage is a demonstration eco-community located in Shawnigan Lake on Southern Vancouver Island. O.U.R. stands for One United Resource, which refl ects their mandate to consult with a wide range of people and professions to develop a sustainable community.

by Julia Watson

Planning began in 1990 with a group of friends intent on living lightly on the land. Many years of visioning,

Posted on August 17, 2012

Cohousing is an international housing style pioneered in Denmark more than 40 years ago, designed to foster true community among all residents.

by Kathryn Hazel with assistance from Suzanne Gregory

Have you ever wished that you lived where your children didn’t have to dodge cars? Could build that cabinet for your didgeridoo collection, without having to buy all the tools? Had somebody to watch the baby while you were busy shampooing the dog? 

Then cohousing may be for you! Cohousing is an international housing style pioneered in Denmark more than 40 years ago, designed to foster true community

Posted on August 14, 2012

Whether you are building or renovating, the green homes approach to housing reduces environmen­tal impacts, reduces long-term building operations and maintenance costs, increases marketability and building value, and results in healthier indoor environments. Perhaps the most important aspect of build­ing a green home is that it is not an “all or nothing” process. When carefully selected and implemented, even modest measures can result in significant conservation of resources. Green homes are also uniquely local as climates, customs, availability of materials and preferences vary so much throughout

Posted on July 11, 2012

by Paula Steele 

It started with a question: How do you encourage 6,000 homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient? The City of Colwood had just completed its Community Energy and Emissions Plan, which identified that energy retrofits to existing homes would help the community reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, as well as creating local jobs and

Posted on June 21, 2012

by Susan MacVittie 

Spring is a time when many homeowners are inspired to clean, purge and remodel. But before making a stop for supplies at your local hardware store, think of your renovation as another opportunity to go green.

 Buildings are responsible for 40% of worldwide

Posted on June 17, 2012

by Guy Dauncey

It’s only twenty years ahead, but innovation in the building industry is happening faster than in any previous era, driven by concerns about climate change and a desire to end our dependency on ancient fossil fuels. 

Do we really have to drill deep into the Gulf of Florida and the Arctic or tear up a chunk of Alberta’s boreal forest to get the energy we need? Many people hope not, and when it comes to our buildings this is driving a wave of innovation that will change everything. So come with me on a visit to the future. 

It is 2032, and we are driving out in our smart electric vehicle with its 1,000 kilometre range to visit a new 250- unit development.

Posted on June 13, 2012

As a result of a visioning exercise in 2008 organized by Ecotrust Canada, five Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations have agreed on one common need across Clayoquot Sound: improved housing. The Qwii-qwiq-sap (pronounced Quay-quick-sup in the Nuu-chah-nulth language and meaning ‘transformation’), ‘Standing Tree to Standing Home’ initiative is a direct response to that shared need.

Co-managed by Tla-oqui- aht, Hesquiaht, Ahousaht, YuutuɁitɁaht and Toquaht First Nations, together with Ecotrust Canada and the Clayoquot Forest Communities Program, Qwii-qwiq-sap focuses on building the conservation economy by empowering communities to define and create their own circles of wealth.

Posted on March 08, 2012

by Glenys Verhulst

City Green Solutions

Do you want to shrink your household carbon and energy footprint? If so, there are many programs and incentives available to help lower your home's greenhouse gas emissions and make your home more energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable to heat.

Posted on March 08, 2012

by Susan MacVittie

In an era that has seen the North American home jump from 800 sq ft in the 1950s to the sprawling 2,300 sq ft house of today, perusing Lloyd Kahn's, Tiny Homes, the latest book in his Shelter series, is a refreshing view into the wonderful world of small houses.

Posted on March 17, 2009

by Norberto Rodriguez dela Vega

BC has a new growing movement– and that movement is Smart Growth.

Several communities are starting to incorporate smart growth principles and concepts in their Official Community Plans, among them Gibsons, Nanaimo,

Posted on February 06, 2009

by Leslie Gillet

America's rooftops could generate 964 TWh (24 percent of US sustainable electricity needs) if solar shingles were used to roof an average of 540 square feet of every dwelling. Many open air car parks could also be covered, providing welcome shade for the vehicles.

-Guy Dauncey, www.earthfuture.com

Posted on January 28, 2009

The folks working at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve in Sidney BC are smiling broadly these days. That's because their Operations Centre has just received Canada's first ever LEED Platinum certification - one of fewer than 10 buildings in the world to obtain this type of certification.