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 17, 2012
When one of Canada’s largest mainstream retail companies sells across-the-counter solar panels and has a new website devoted to all things environmental, one can safely say to Kermit the frog: “It’s no longer hard being green.”
by Leslie Gillett
“Canadian Tire recognized a growing need for environmentally sustainable choices a couple of years ago,” says head office spokesperson Sarah Rodgers.
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
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
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.