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Previous build projects sponsored by the local communities of North America.

Minimalist housing that is usually off the grid. Small but still highly functional.

Integrating community living with the environment. Living walls are becoming more popular.

Canadian Sustainable Communities Development for North America

Since it’s establishment, the Green Municipal Fund has been greatly successful with the funding of new environmental municipal programs. The municipalities it has helped establish have showed their abilities to lead in environmental community projects. However, due to the overwhelming response they will no longer be accepting applications until further notice. Please refer to FCM.ca for any further information.

We will however, continue to update and blog about positive environmental community mission throughout North America thanks to a generous donation from a generous attorney. You will see updates on the latest housing development projects and structural engineering. It is important we keep government funding for projects like these so we can learn to coexist with the fragile environment we live in.

New focus will be largely based on successful community projects, tiny housing, and environmentally friendly housing. Simple amenities that are taken for granted require funding and builders. If you are interested in starting a project of your own, take a look at some of our articles. We are soon to  have plenty of drawings and building plans to fuel your new project. Feel free to drop us an email if you have any suggestions or ideas you think we should implicate.

Sometimes the nicest looking houses are the least eco friendly. Lawn pesticides and water runoff can damage the local lakes and rivers.

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7 Ways To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

03-13-2013 by Admin

With summer quickly approaching, home owners are looking forward to the snow melting and warmer weather. One of the problems with summer is the hot days that are associated with it, especially if you live in the lower parts of north america. As it warms up home owners generally see a spike with their electric bill as a result of the air conditioning having to work harder. Here are a few tips you can do in order to help cut down on electricity costs.


Tip 1: Replace those old incandescent bulbs


Change every light bulb in your house to either a CFL (compact fluorescent light) or a LED bulb. The standard incandescent light bulb uses 80% more electricity to produce the same amount of light. The main problem with incandescent bulbs is they waste much of their electricity producing heat as a by product. Think about how hot it gets if you are standing close to a old vanity mirror or the many times you burned your hand when trying to change one. CFL bulbs still get hot but not nearly the temperate of the incandescent bulbs. Read the label of the new bulb for the wattage and the lumens produced. One of Orlando’s better personal injury lawyers recommended to use caution when handling broken CFL bulbs because they contain a small amount of mercury. The more lumens, the more light is produced. The less wattage, the less electricity used. Try and find a bulb the produces the most lumens with the least amount of wattage.

If your home has 25 of the 60 watt incandescent bulbs, you are using 1500 watt hours of electricity if they are all turned on at once. That is as much energy as leaving a hair dryer on for an extended period of time.

If you replace those 25 bulbs with 9 watt CFLs, you will only be using 225 watt hours of electricity if you turn them all on.


Tip 2: Change your air filters monthly


Even if you dust frequently, there is a good chance that dust is collecting inside the air filter for your air conditioning. If you make a habit of changing the filter once a month, more air is able to flow through easier and the A/C will not have to work as hard to cool your home.

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Law Offices Are Switching To LED bulbs To Save Money

01-22-2014 by Admin

Law Offices Are Switching To LED Bulbs to Save Money

Everyday lawyers are throwing away money and don't even realize it. I am not referring to buying nice cars or expensive suits. I am speaking of wasted heat. The heat that is produced incandescent light bulbs is an 80% waste of electricity. Most of the energy spent lighting a room is wasted by producing heat as a byproduct. This in turn requires the air conditioner to do more work keeping the room cool.

So what is the solution? How do we light our law offices while producing less heat? The answer is LED technology. LED or Light emitting diode is 85% more efficient then your standard incandescent bulb and last 50 times longer. So if both bulbs were switched on for 1000 hours continuously the incandescent bulb would cost $6.60 and the LED bulb would have run about 99 cents. This may not appear to be that expensive initially but even the smallest offices require at least 10 bulbs to work. More money is saved the higher the scale. Let's compare an office with 100 LED bulbs to an office with 100 incandescent bulbs and both workplaces use all the bulbs for 1000 hours. The office with the incandescent lights will have a pricey electric bill of $660.00 where the LED equipped office will have only $99.00 bill.


There are some business owners who truly care about the environment and try their best to reduce waste and conserve energy. The most common reason a businesses would switch to more energy efficient lighting would be to save time and money. That's exactly what the people over at Orlando Car Accident Lawyer have done. I spoke to Attorney Charles Franklin about how the new technology has affected his Florida law office and it was clear he was happy about the time and money he was saving.


"When we moved into the new law office it spent a little extra money to replace the incandescent bulbs with LEDs. Eighteen new LED bulbs cost me about $324.00 at home depot." Said Mr. Franklin. He continued on about the benefits.

"I consider it just another appliance that will last me for many years to come. I know I could have bought the same number of incandescent bulbs for $36.00 but I don't have time to be constantly running to the store to buy new ones. As a Florida accident attorney, I want my office to look as professional as possible. Everyone here wears a nice suit and tie and the right lighting is important for us to see what we are working on.  A burnt out light bulb would not look professional. When I found out how much money/time I could save it was a simple choice, I went with the LEDs"


Let's explore further. How much money can they really save in the long run?

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The Benefits Of Growing A Living Wall

03-05-2013 by Admin

Growing A Living Wall

Most people have know about roofing that has plant life instead of shingles. Often you think of some place in England with a cow standing on the roof munching on some grass. Not everyone has the ability to get such a roof project going, especially if you live in the city. There is a solution for those with particularly green thumbs: Living Walls.


The term living wall can be associated with any plant life growing up the side of a wall. It could be a system of vines like you see in the picture above, or even selectively placed soil for plants to grow on the wall. Regardless it is usually attractive to look at.


But are there actually benefits to growing and maintaining a living wall?


The answer is yes… and here is why:


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Adapting To Tiny Home Living

03-03-2013 by Admin

For some people, tiny housing is a lifestyle choice. For others, it’s a great way to save money while attending college. The tiny house pictured above is designed by a small company called Tumbleweed houses. They specialize in tiny house projects ranging from as large as 867 square feet to a micro sized 65 square feet. Some communities in New York's China district are use to living in smaller spaces.


You have two options if you decided to buy a tiny home:


1. Buy it prefabricated - the one pictured above (The Fencl home) goes for about $54,000

2. Build it yourself - Estimated cost of materials is about $23,000


You can essentially be a home owner for the cost of a economy car. No 30 year mortgage, no worry about eviction when the times are rough, and you are living in a beautiful wooden home.

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