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Tru Earth has stripped all water out of the detergent and packages it in a small recyclable cardboard envelope. It arrives in a small cardboard envelope that fits in your mailbox or through your mail slot.
LED lighting is far more complex than traditional incandescent lighting. We examine the issues to consider in choosing the right lights for your home.
Increasingly, North American tastes are leaning towards mattresses made primarily out of foam - even those with springs in the core will have foam on either side. Additionally, pillowtop mattresses aren't flippable. Because of these developments, mattress lives have...
The Endeavour Centre in Peterborough, Ontario has consistently developed excellent, hands-on courses for students of all ages to learn the craft of building low-impact, sustainable homes. The "low-impact" aspect is important because there are lots of "green...
Niall Enright is a sustainability consultant helping companies become more resource and energy efficient. A few months ago he contacted me to tell me about a book he's written called, Energy and Resource Efficiency Without the Tears - the complete guide to adding...
Recently, in The Globe and Mail there was an article about the future of the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. According to the article, annual maintenance costs $32 million and the roof needs replacing to the tune of $200-300 million. There is a new mayor, Ms....
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Prefab and modular homes are not only faster to construct, they can usually be made to higher environment standards. Further, because they are made off-site, they generate less construction waste than a standard build.
There are plenty of ways to build green. Methods such as straw bale, rammed earth, and cross-laminated timber had fallen out of favour as brick and lumber-built methods became quicker, but they are getting a revival because of their postivie attributes.
- Landscaping for maximum energy and water efficiency
- Environmentally-friendly path and mortar systems
- rain-barrels and cisterns
- solar panels and residential wind turbines