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The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...buildings. Carbon emergency: understanding grey energy and operating energy If you consider the useful life of a building, about half of its carbon footprint comes from grey energy – or embodied carbon, and the other half comes from operating energy. The grey energy consumed during the construction phase causes a o...

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

...Building Council (USGBC) The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide net...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...energy efficient home design, see the Green Home Building Guidance at Ecohome, North America's trusted Green Home Building Website .

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...efficient house - one that could radically reduce home energy bills by being built efficiently enough to create huge energy savings compared to a standard "code built" house? Especially if it is possible to build comfortable and super-efficient homes to Passive House standard at around the same cost of those currently ...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...energy we use and a third of our C02 emissions. Surprisingly, they are far more damaging to our environment than our vehicles. Perhaps the question ought to be why NOT build a Passive House? For the uninitiated, a Passive House (not to be confused with a passive solar house ) is a building that is ultra-energy effi...

LEED for homes rating system.
LEED Homes

What is LEED?

...Energy and Environmental 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...

Passive House on a Budget - The Damn Near Passive house
Passive House

The Un-certified but 'Damn Near' Passive House.

...energy efficient and environmentally sensitive. Assure that the house is designed to accommodate the ageing process. Complete the entire project on a reasonable budget that should accommodate many potential builders. Meet recognized PassivHaus standards for energy efficiency if proven to be cost efficient. Asse...

Zero Carbon Building
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

...building sector, in order to develop a Zero Carbon Buildings Framework, which was released in November 2016. The final Framework facilitates broad participation across a range of building types and sizes, provides a clear definition for zero carbon buildings, and establishes five key components for the evaluation of bu...

The birthplace of Passive House solar home design The Saskatchewan Conservation
Passive solar home design

Saskatchewan: The birthplace of Passive House and passive solar home design

...energy we will needlessly throw away on a monthly basis. Considering what is now becoming apparent about Climate Change , imagine if we'd had 40 years head-start in reducing our home energy consumption and consequent carbon production! How building code is harming homes The National Building Code goes to great leng...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...building codes improve, and as homeowners demand better performing and more energy efficient homes . It has been estimated that based on standard building practices, air leakage accounts for about 1/3 of the total heat loss of a home . A blower door test for buildings is a way to measure air leakage but, more importa...

net zero energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...Energy pilot aims to recognize the builders and homes reaching net zero energy performance in Canada, and to pilot the next generation of NRCan’s R-2000 Standard and EnerGuide Rating System in net zero energy applications. Drawing on NRCan’s national systems and infrastructure - including its certified energy advisor...