Building : Architecture

5 Reasons You Should Use Shipping Containers for Your Home

Around ten years ago, design firm Zigloo was one of the first Canadian companies to create a home out of shipping containers. Since then, its use has become more widespread and many design and architecture firms are looking for ways they can use it to create chic, sustainable homes. If you’re trying to decide on your next home, below are five great reasons to looking into shipping containers.

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Welcome Brico Services

Brico services is a Canadian based supply and distribution company specializing in imported landscape/building supplies and equipment, and is the western Canadian distributor for Porous Pave Inc. Porous Pave was originally introduced in the U.S., and has now made its way to Canada in recent years. Porous Pave is a non-flammable, non-toxic, pour in place, porous paving material, made from recycled rubber tires, and is ADA compliant. The

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The Power of Passive Solar and Thermal Mass

Episode 63 - Original Story: http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/62-power-passive-solar-and-thermal-mass By David Dodge & Duncan Kinney The Ancient Pueblo peoples got free heating and cooling at the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings in what’s now Colorado and they did it without electricity, insulation, natural gas, air conditioning or modern building techniques. This pre-European contact Native American civilization built homes that

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Shipping Container Homes – A Home Sweet Home!

With rough and tough economic times, people are getting creative with how they manage their finances. Having and choosing the right eco-conscious home should be at the top list for everyone would be home owner. As a big and long term investment, having a low priced, quality and environment friendly home is not an easy goal. Not easy, but also not impossible... (Music Please...) Introducing a great green alternative … the Shipping Container

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LEED works: How a green building rating system transformed the construction industry

Episode 108 - Original Story: http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/leed-building-industry-transformed By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney   Dominic Ries, Adrienne Lynn and Cam Munro of Clark Builders at the NAIT CAT building project in Edmonton. Adrienne is Clark's green coordinator who visits sites several times a week to ensure Clark is building green so their project can earn LEED certification. Photo David Dodge, Green Energy

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How we built our own Earthship, a radically sustainable, off-grid home on the prairie

Episode 82 - Original Story: http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/82-how-we-built-our-own-earthship-radically-sustainable-grid-home-prairie By Duncan Kinney and David Dodge   When you tell people you’re building an Earthship there are two stock responses. First there are the believers. These are the people who’ve watched Garbage Warrior, twice. They want to talk design and permits and timeline. They’re into it. The other

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Ideas for having a Green Landscape

Going "green" and being eco friendly in your own back yard means a lot more than the color of your lawn and landscape. In fact, you may not always want your lawn to look so green you don’t want your lawn to be filled with natural but green weeds! Listed below are ideas to green your landscape in healthy, sustainable and environmentally friendly ways. Green landscaping, sustainable or eco-landscaping is a method to design, create, and

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Green Bathroom Furniture and Fixtures

More than half of your water consumption is used in the bathroom. What?! Seriously? Yes, seriously. Based on a study of Environment Canada, the bathroom represents 65% of a household's total water usage. The large portion of the said consumption is a result of inefficient products. To help save the environment and be a certified eco warrior it is time to change or upgrade our bathroom furniture and fixtures into eco-friendly ones.

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Solar Attic Fans the New Trend in Canadian Ventilation

Using a solar powered attic fan in your attic is gaining popularity here in Canada and other parts of the world. A solar powered attic fan offers clear benefits to your home and the earth, at reasonable costs. It one of the most practical ways you can reduce your carbon footprint and increase the value of your home. During the peak summer months, your attic’s temperature can rise to a frightening 70°c or more. This heat build-up can then

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How to Have a Green Home this 2015

As 2015 is fast approaching you might be considering having a green home. Having such an environment friendly abode brings benefits like: increased resale value, lower utility costs and healthier living. “Green Multifamily & Single Family Homes: Growth in a Recovering Market,” a recent report by McGraw-Hill states that 73 percent of single-family builders and 68 percent of multifamily builders report that consumers are willing to pay

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