Entries by Helle Brodie

Permeable Paving Series – 1

Did you know… TRCA studies of infiltration in clay soils show improved infiltration over time because the clay develops cracks or fissures through freeze/thaw cycles, improving infiltration over time.  This means that permeable pavers become more effective over time

Green Roofs have gotten a Bad Reputation with Developers

Green roofs have gotten a bad reputation with developers.  Yet we’re finding that on urban sites, the only way to meet storm water management requirements is through the use of a cistern, underground storm water storage or a green roof or blue roof. Implementing a green roof addresses green roof by-law’s that are being brought […]

Return on Investment for Green Roofs

This article (page 17) demonstrates that developers can get a return on investment from the installation of a green roof.  Residential units with access the green roof sold for 3X the value of the units without this access.   Green roofs are more than “just costs and requirements”.  We can expect to see more green […]

We have a lack of Connection – to nature

Our lack of human connection is increasing our need for to connect with nature. Nature that was here long before we were. How often do you see people, especially in the city looking totally stressed, disconnected and miserable. You can almost feel the misery that people are experiencing when you look at them. These are all […]

What is biophilic design?

Biophilic design is design that is focused on aspects of the natural world that contribute to human health and well-being. It can be expressed as a natural space that a person is immersed in (as in the image below) (source https://www.kelowna.ca/parks-recreation/parks-beaches/parks-beaches-listing/kasugai-gardens) It can be natural space that a person can see out a window. Or […]