Addition / Guides

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...addition to the assembly itself, can also impact in-service heat flows. Thermal mass stores heat energy and provides a buffering effect. For example, a roof ins...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...addition), you can keep wind-up devices. There are head lamps and even LED lanterns that can operate for hours or more on a single wind, however, to ensure a st...

Installing recycled drywall in the Edelweiss House
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Choosing the best drywall - video

...addition, we used CGC Dust Control® Brand Drywall Compound which meant we were exposed to less airborne particles during sanding than we would have been with ot...

Canada one of the top 10 countries building LEED homes
LEED Homes

The top 10 countries outside the U.S. certifying buildings with the LEED rating system

...addition to LEED, the CaGBC also supports the Living Building Challenge, Passive House Standard and EcoDistricts in Canada. About LEED in Canada LEED is a t...

LEED Homes

LEED project eligibility

...addition, it is expected that the commercial is performed according to the same ecological principles. Types of buildings that are not eligible: Renovations tha...

DIY Natural Earth Pigment Paint, Making it at Home is Easy
Healthy indoor air quality

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...addition, if cans and leftover paints are not disposed of properly, they contaminate groundwater. As for ‘Low VOC’ paints that can be found at your local hard...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...Additional native plants were planted as well. Light and air: Expansive windows light and heat the home and create the feeling of being outside and connected ...

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...addition, if you leave gaps at the sides of your insulation at the studs, around windows or electrical boxes, you will be allowing small convection loops of air...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...additional floor area underground, it is a natural desire to claim that space, and so born is the basement rec room or man-cave - and it's important to understa...

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!
Landscaping

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...addition of chemical fertilizers . It pollutes the water table, the rivers, the air and the soil. With regular use, the soil is damaged and kills the microbes, ...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...addition to that, you are probably adding 25% to your operational costs by having air handling equipment in what is seasonally the coldest and hottest part of t...