Christmas is fast approaching. According to the Judeo-Christian tradition, Jesus Christ was born on a bale of straw. Who would have thought in those times that such an ordinary material would become, 2,000 years later, an ecological product making its humble contribution to the planet’s survival?
Straw is abundant in Québec. The needs for transportation are almost nonexistent. This is an important ecological asset when we all know that transportation is the culprit of accelerated global warming; the one thing that the governments cannot control; the reason that pushes people to the brink, year after year.
Straw is the stalk that comes from cereal plants. It is a warm and golden coloured plant fibre that makes you want to roll yourself in it as the cold winter months come near.
Taking the ecological path alone is a difficult task. Family and friends tend to discourage us, there is a lack of knowledge about environmental infrastructure, and the cost of going green is pretty high. There is one solution: the eco-district.
Let us take an actual case. Geothermal energy> is promising, but implementing it, for most homeowners, is inaccessible and unaffordable. This is why there are so little projects in residential markets right now, even though geothermal energy qualifies for the RénoVert grant from the government of Québec.
Geothermal energy consists of transferring heat from the ground to the inside of the home during the cold winter months and cool air during the summer months. How about working collectively? That is a good way to start. In 2016, citizens living in the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough, located in the heart of Montréal and including a very dynamic eco-district, have gotten financial support to study the possibility of implementing a very small-scale geothermal energy project in their alleyways designed to heat the homes. Continue reading →
This hot summer we’re having will surely repeat itself in the years to come due to global warming. What are your biggest allies to protect you against heat waves? The trees. Let’s think long term now.
Planting trees in your yard can help mitigate against rapid climate change. In addition, your quality of life will improve tremendously, and your property’s value will increase. Here are interesting facts about nature to help convince you. Continue reading →
Although they aren’t that popular in Québec, they are quite common in Europe. Some books deal with the subject there. You can even find videos on YouTube. Imagine! Swimming in a natural pool without chemical products. Out with the chlorine!
Jocelyn Lussier, an expert in the field of the company Topia, says: “The filtration area is composed of several layers of materials that will act as filters. The upper part will be composed of plants. The plantation zones are created in varying depths to adapt to the vegetation used for filtration, like oxygenating, purifying, floating and submerged plants and shoreline vegetation.”
It’s the plants that take care of filtering the water. The purification is done naturally. The water is so pure that you can almost drink it.
The purification process is done in a pool of water converted into a lagoon. That’s where the plants, like water lilies or others, accomplish their job of filtration. Then, the water spills into the swimming area through a waterfall or over a retaining wall. This is the oxygenation phase, which is then completed by certain plants. The water always circulates which keeps mosquitoes at bay since they are attracted to stagnant water. It’s the same principle as a mountain lake. Same simplicity, same freshness and the same pleasure to swim in.
Numerous healthy and sustainable materials ensure the pool’s impermeability. You can transform your conventional in-ground pool into an ecological pool. Among other things, you will have to build a natural purification and oxygenation zone and demolish one side of the pool to let the water fall into the swimming area. Continue reading →
A plant product that is sustainable, recyclable and rot-proof: cork is sought after as a floor covering and is considered one of the most efficient insulating material for walls, doors, roofs and floors. In addition, it looks beautiful and inviting. In short, it’s a God-given product.
Let’s start with the basics. Cork is often used as a subfloor for a hardwood or floating floor because of its sound and crush-resistant properties and its elasticity. A more discreet role, but an efficient one, nonetheless.
Far from being unattractive, cork is most usually used above ground, in the form of slabs, as a flooring material. It has numerous qualities. It is flexible, effective against vibrations, soft to the touch, and pleasant to look at. A dozen shades, if not more, are available on the market. Continue reading →
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