Posts Tagged ‘Energy Efficiency’

ChargeSpot – wireless charging for your phone

January 5th, 2015

ChargeSpot - Surface

In December I attended Construct Canada, attending seminars and looking for greener building materials and anything else that might stand out. One of the things that grabbed my attention was the ChargeSpot wireless charger. Pat Laureano, Founder and CTO of ChargeSpot, explained to me that it’s as simple as placing your dying phone on top of the logo indicating a charging spot.

Now, if you’re anything like me, when you go to meetings or conferences, you are constantly seeking out electrical outlets in hallways and conference rooms and racing to get there before others, pulling out your cord and adapter to recharge that baby, because, after all, who can live without a phone these days? As a writer my phone also acts as my recorder, camera, agenda and library. So, when it dies, I feel pretty darn useless.

When Pat started to explain the simplicity and ease of the ChargeSpot, I could immediately see the appeal of the product.

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Waterfront Toronto Aims to Build the Greenest Community in North America

December 2nd, 2014
Sherbourne Common Water screens

Sherbourne Common Water Screens (stormwater treatment)

Sherbourne Common at Night 2

Sherbourne Common at Night

Waterfront Toronto was established in 2001 by the city of Toronto, the province of Ontario and the federal government. Its mandate was not just to revitalize the waterfront area, but also to do it using a framework of sustainability. They have developed incorporated into the design such things as making the roadways more pedestrian and bike friendly, creating parks surrounding housing developments, creating mixed-use spaces for businesses, services, education and housing. Low-income housing was also included in the plan. The building code standards are stricter than the city’s and are continually improving. Finally, riverfront and lakefront rehabilitation was one of the primary mandates. If you haven’t been down to see the wave decks yet, they are unique, award winning structures that have provided connections and continuations of pathways, but have also assisted in revitalizing the lake beneath it. Toronto Conservation Authority counted an increase in fish species below the decks from six to 27 at last count. » Read more: Waterfront Toronto Aims to Build the Greenest Community in North America

Tips for an Energy efficient warm winter

November 24th, 2014


Tips for an Energy efficient warm winter2
Summer is gone but with temperatures remaining high enough it may be difficult to think about heating and energy efficiency. You definitely should, however, consider that winter will be here soon and with its snow and cold weather. What you do now can have huge impact on your electricity bill and how well your home will be overall prepared to face the season challenges. The more you do about energy efficiency, the better.


Here are some general tips on how to make your home energy efficient for the cold months to come. Think about what your home can use and go for it. Carefully consider what you can do to change how much you spend on heating and how to make your home more efficient.

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May – New Products from Eco Building Resource

May 15th, 2014

Kevin Royce at Eco Building Resource sent me a list of new products he has available.


New Eco Products In Stock For




Solatube 160DSe (10″)


Provides the ultimate in energy-efficient day-lighting.


Delivering natural light to spaces up to 200 sq. ft., it is designed to minimize heat loss in extremely cold climates and heat gain in extremely warm climates.


As a result, this product has earned an Energy Star rating.


ECO RoofGuard


A clear non-toxic, high quality acrylic formulation that is applied to old or new asphalt shingle roofs.


RoofGuard will protect your roofagainst granular loss & algae.


It is a sealer that will extent the life of your roof for years.

ECO Bond – Windows, Doors & Trim


A zero VOC, non-toxic, solvent free sealant.


Certified hypoallergenic.

Chemically impervious to mold & mildew.

Waterproof and paintable within 2 hours. Rain ready in 30 min.


For more information about our products, please visit ourwebsite or contact us at 877-741-3535.

ECO-Building Resource


Kitchen Renovation is Complete — Finally!!

April 8th, 2014
Kitchen renovation

View of kitchen, cabinetry, lighting, maple hardwood flooring

Well, five months after my deadline, my kitchen is finished. I’ve promised my friend Nancy Peterson, CEO of, that I will write a post for her called “Why I will never be my own general contractor again”. Let’s just say it was an eye opening experience. This post, however, is not about the mistakes I made (and there were plenty!), it’s about whether or not I achieved my green kitchen goals.

I would say that I accomplished some green goals but failed miserably in others, in particular with indoor air quality. For many of you, this will be the one area where you will probably not want to compromise. I, on the other hand, seem to be willing to sacrifice mine and my family’s health for the sake of aesthetics, and in some cases, durability.

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