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As our climate adapts to human carbon emissions, homes have to change
Lifestyle and environment

Changing homes in a changing climate

...buildings that follow high performance standards like LEED and other programs can help reduce the rate of climate change, how else can we adapt? Why do we need to build more resilient homes? How do we build more resilient homes? How are builders adjusting to meet these new challenges? How can we choose more sui...

Choosing a home and neighbourhood
Real estate

Shopping for a home? Some tips for finding the right house and neighbourhood

...building a home will be the biggest investment of our lives. This section is about knowing what to look for in new homes to get the best value for your dollar, or what to look for in a building lot for the same reasons. What to look for in a home location: Being close to where you work and play Nearby services:...

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

...building code is harming homes The National Building Code goes to great lengths to ensure the structures we build are solid , and engineered to withstand snow loads and other natural forces. A modern society would accept nothing less. You can safely assume that if a building meets code, no additional structural reinf...

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

...buildings' systems. ASH will now be joined by a small subdivision of experimental houses to further facilitate research into green building products. “Each of those new buildings will be built to different performance targets for water efficiency, energy efficiency, accessibility, etc. It’s basically a sandbox to...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...building must be designed for quality of life, taking care to ensure comfort, atmosphere and aesthetics Energy efficient: As heating and cooling are most often the largest components of the total energy consumption of a building, how energy efficient a building is largely depends on the buil...

A sustainably built, ultra modern and affordable tiny house
Tiny house

NOMAD Micro Home fuelled by crowd funding, takes green building world by storm.

With write-ups in Gizmag, Inhabitat, Tiny House Design, FastCoExist and well, too many other places to recount, one could say it's clear that the green building world is enamoured with this Tiny House gem, and so are we. What's not to love: NOMAD Micro Homes are sustainably manufactured, easy to assemble, affordable, ...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...Building Council (CaGBC) anounced that the LEED for Homes rating system would raise the bar with the LEED V4 program, we at EcoHome were already mulling over the idea of building a showcase green performance home as a teaching tool and so decided to give the new LEED V4 a test drive. We were already planning on buildin...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...building professionals to prefab & modular construction methods? Trends in the construction industry, such as shorter project schedules, sustainable construction practices and workforce shortages, are several drivers of wider use of prefab and modular kit buildings. This is driven by technology – such as building inf...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...building rating system and stands for; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). To quote the U.S Office of Federal Environmental Executive, “green building’ is defined as the practices of one, increasing the efficiency of a building or site in their use of ener...

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 -...