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Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...Materials Brands : Maxi Forest, white cedar coating Ideal roof, metal cladding Maçonnex, metal coating Non-toxic materials for walls & ceilings Materials for the interior were specifically chosen to maintain a high standard of clean indoor air quality , formaldehyde-free, low-environmental impact, durability ...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...Materials Brands : Maxi Forest, white cedar coating Ideal roof, metal cladding Maçonnex, metal coating Non-toxic materials for walls & ceilings Materials for the interior were specifically chosen to maintain a high standard of clean indoor air quality , formaldehyde-free, low-environmental impact, durability ...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...materials to suppliers so you receive stock suited to your dimensions and avoid unnecessary waste.Use scraps of batt insulation and high quality tapes to insulate and seal windows rather than spray foam. Using or disposing of old building materials: Re-using or repurposing building materials, where it mak...

HOUS.E+ by Polifactory
Wall assemblies - new construction

Rammed earth house

...materials from multiple locations around the world. Housing is no different, so transportation of materials plays an enormous role in the true ecological cost of the materials we choose to build with. The cheapest flooring you can find may very well be Canadian wood, but it might have made a return trip to China for ...

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

The rise of urban logging

...Materials were collected and stored in their yard while the wood dried and plans were finalized. All said and done, a good portion of the materials for this project were not only local, they came from within 5 feet of the building site. The whole process of building this backyard studio (which Brian and Colleen have ...

Jenine Alexander's homemade mobile tiny house
Tiny house

DIY Tiny House for less than $3,500

...materials found on Craigslist and salvaged from the landfill, Jenine Alexander built herself this super affordable Tiny House. Since first building this sweet little home on wheels, she has actually completed two more. If you're interested in DIY Tiny House projects, be sure to check out her blog where she writes about...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...building materials around the globe, particularly something as weighty as granite. It is for this reason that the credit MR5 in the Materials and Resources category of LEED for Homes certification exists. To get a point for buying local, LEED has a limit of 800km by truck or 2400km by rail or water for the transporta...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...building materials Where most building materials have a ‘carbon footprint’, meaning the amount of embodied energy required to extract raw materials and manufacture products , some natural building materials, like the grass insulation from Gramitherm that we just came across, actually have a negative carbon footprint ...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

Keep vinyl out of your home (albums excluded of course)

...building product it is susceptible to UV exposure, causing it to break down and release particles. And in the unfortunate event of it being burned, the chemicals released are extremely dangerous if inhaled. When vinyl first entered our lives as a building material, it was a dream come true in terms of versatility and...

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

...materials and processes as part of a holistic approach to Zero-Carbon building – but until recently the problem was how to calculate and compare the embodied carbon in building materials. How to calculate & compare the embodied carbon in building materials? The introduction of the free, open-access Embodied Carbon ...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...Materials Institute to compare the environmental impact of wood, steel and concrete structures. The sample building studied was a typical 2,300 square foot single-family home in North America. Only the supporting structure differed in the study, all other building components of the building envelope were constant, and ...