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...

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...

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...

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...

The Elegant Farm hydroponic bottle garden

Hydroponic bottle gardener launches kickstarter campaign

...addition to this, the Elegant Farm produces delicious and abundant harvests using only natural light. However, users can upgrade the system with a timer as well...

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...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...addition, trees have a large CO2 storage capacity as they require carbon to grow. In fact, approximately 50% of the mass of wood (when dry) is made up of carbon...

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...

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

All about painting brick, is it a good idea and what paint to use?

...addition, they are incombustible, and in addition to being healthier, they are safer to work with. They can be applied to any masonry product, including the joi...