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Aerial view of BRE Innovation Park Living City Campus
Lifestyle and environment

Seven experimental homes being built at the Living City Campus North of Toronto

...and technologies can be researched and enhanced. The Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) is run out of The Living City Campus at Kortright, ON, where currently you can find a duplex called The Archetype Sustainable House (ASH) . The twin houses act as a living laboratory with more than 400 calibrated sen...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...and are detailed with extruded wooden frames that accentuate their placement and views. To provide comfortable living in a small space, the Warburg house is essentially divided into two halves, a public side a private side. With a well-insulated building envelope, high performance mechanical systems and radiant heat ...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...al Architects PARA-SOL, and an accomplished manufacturer of modular prefabricated buildings. Modern green prefab homes are affordable Prefabricated homes that are built in the controlled atmosphere of a manufacturing facility are not subject to time delays due to weather, they generate less material waste than site...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...as a house wrap weather barrier secured with 1x3 wooden strapping to allow for air circulation and water drainage, on which Hardie brand cement board is mounted. Altogether these walls are a nominal R-47. For the below grade walls, which are about 5-6' tall around two sides of the walkout basement, the final assembly...

Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

...al sensitivities, +HOUSE is a manifestation of a sustainable and healthy approach to building that does not sacrifice design. Sited facing the bank of a stream-fed pond, this four-season house is nestled into a natural slope. Extensive 14-ft high glazing offers expansive views of the landscape and access to a full-le...

LEED for homes rating system.
LEED Homes

What is LEED?

...al Design) is an internationally recognized rating system for commercial buildings and homes administered by the CaGBC (Canada Green Building Council) to encourage sustainable building practices. While the commercial program has been in effect for much longer, LEED for Homes Canada was developed in 2009, and applies ...

The Hemloft, Joel Allen's secret treehouse near Whistler, BC
Tiny house

This Cool treehouse near Whistler, BC became a global sensation because it used recycled materials off Craigslist!

...and to the quarter inch is a product of the modern age and an exploding global population, and arguably necessary in many cases. But it's still hard not to long for a time when you could find a suitable spot, build a big egg in a tree and get a little peace. Watch videos and read the full story of this amazing tiny h...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...al Quality: 18 of 21 available points, with monitors for data collection 2. Energy and Atmosphere: 26 of 38 available points, heated with locally produced wood pellets 3. Materials and Resources: 15 of 16 available points, with healthy and local materials An extraordinary customer: A nice surprise for Alain Cul...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...an as final energy modelling was being completed. Although pre-testing for air leakage was planned for the factory, a number of envelope air seals had to be completed on site. Certification was further complicated by the limited climate data base available at the Passive House Institute, and the fact that Campbell Isla...

DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video
Flooring and stairs

Cork flooring installation - the eco-friendly flooring choice, with "how to" video

...a renewable resource, harvested from trees without killing them . Although it comes from far away (mostly Portugal), its carbon footprint from transportation is quite reasonable given that it is light-weight and can be made very thin - so a lot packs into a shipping container. Cork flooring is hypoallergenic, warm unde...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...ance areas: Site, Water, Energy, Health, Equity, and Beauty. A 'living building' earns that title by generating all of its own energy and capturing and treating all of its waste water. Certification under the Living Building Challenge can only be achieved after a full year of occupancy to determine actual operational...