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Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop
Kitchens

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

...building techniques in general, visit the EcoHome Sustainable Green Building Guide Pages here .

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...building website where homeowners and builders could learn to make informed choices and build sustainable and energy-efficient homes. A place where a dialogue about the true impacts of building products and practices could be had, where the pros and cons of different building products were openly debated. It is very ea...

Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

As described by the architects: Designed for a client with environmental 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 hig...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...building materials from demolition projects, then offer them for resale in varying conditions. Shipping pallets: Pallets are pretty easy to come by, in fact many commercial buildings and retailers are happy to get rid of them. They can be used either in their current form or taken apart and reused as small pieces - b...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...buildings with corresponding standards, but a Powerhouse certified building goes beyond energy performance and generation to include the full lifecycle. In short, the entire ecological footprint of the building, including embodied energy of building materials and decommissioning at the end of its life must be offset by...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...building, making that building better. See more about Passive Solar House Design here , to read more details about Passive House Certification & Design in North America see here , or for specifics about differences between PHIUS & PHI certification for Passive House see here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides -...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...materials selected, and the energy performance. What is a low carbon home? Every building has its own ‘embodied energy’ or ‘embodied carbon’, and that refers to the carbon released during material extraction, manufacturing and shipping of building materials in the beginning, as well as the energy required to heat a...

The Pros & Cons of Lasagna Gardening for Growing Food
Food production

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...materials picked up and disposed of by municipal services. That advantage alone is enough to convince some people to try creating and enjoying a lasagne garden. Build it in the spring, layer it up, and it’s ready to plant almost immediately as the frost goes away for another year. The base materials for building a ...

Sorting home recyclable materials at a recycling center
Lifestyle and environment

Why recycling is important, and how to recycle correctly at home

...materials really are recyclable. So we are going to try to clean that up a little here! What happens with recycled materials after curb pickup? Recyclables from homes are sent to recycling centers for sorting. Recyclable materials that homeowners put out for pickup get sent to a sorting center, where in some ...

Quarantine DIY Projects to do with Kids - Refinishing Wood
Interiors

Home improvement projects to do with kids - Refinishing wood

...Building Guide and subscribe to our Green Building YouTube channel here . It may be tough getting materials at times but a lot of stuff is available on the web; here are some tips on finding tools and building supplies online .

Midori Uchi
Efficient home design

A new contender for the title of Canada's Greenest Home

...building waste Reclaimed lumber and building materials Naikoon Contracting Ltd. is an award winning design-build company specializing in green residential projects. Founded 32 years ago, Naikoon Contracting Ltd. has built a reputation for superior building practices and the highest quality customer service. Nai...