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Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...a smaller house is a more efficient house. A smaller house means less land to excavate, less materials to manufacture and ship, less space to heat, less space t...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...ated and any addition to that can be a foreign concept to lot of builders. Having a heated floor is not an argument against greater insulation, it is actually...

Dirrtt Environmental Solutions, Green Wall
Lifestyle and environment

Green Business Certification Inc. and Canada Green Building Council Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

...anada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announce a new agreement to promote and advance the WELL Building Standard (WELL) in Canada. The WELL Building Standard...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...ade solar air-heated radiant floor. Natural building materials reduce emissions The use of plant-sourced raw materials also brings another major advanta...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...a Canadian city, council adopted the Laneway House Program. At that time, council asked staff to report back after the first 100 laneway house applications ha...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...anada: Powerhouse or CaGBC Zero Carbon? Just over a year ago, the Canadian Green Building Council officially launched the new standard on Zero Carbon building...

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row

...a, Canada, South Korea and Turkey), as well as six of the top 11 emitters of greenhouse gases (China, India, Germany, South Korea, Canada and Brazil). The ana...

LEED for homes rating system.
LEED Homes

What is LEED?

...al buildings and homes administered by the CaGBC (Canada Green Building Council) to encourage sustainable building practices. While the commercial program has...

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

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

...ate data base available at the Passive House Institute, and the fact that Campbell Island gets its power from a diesel generator. Architectural details were p...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...act raw materials and manufacture products , some natural building materials, like the grass insulation from Gramitherm that we just came across, actually have ...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...ain placing with gravel and geotextile under a slab on grade foundation Placing gravel for draining slab on grade with high water table A raft slab ac...