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Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...CO2 is being introduced to the mix, so once the concrete hardens it is sequestered forever, and the other benefit is that adding carbon to concrete actually makes it stronger. That means between 5% and 7% less cement is needed to achieve the same compression strength. Using less of the most expensive ingredient offsets...

Carbon Offset Schemes - Whale Poop leads Nature's Own Way
Lifestyle and environment

Save the Whale's (Poop) - Save the Planet !! (And $2m per Whale)

...CO2) each year – at least four times what the Amazon does Phytoplankton generates about 50 percent of all oxygen produced Each adult 'ex-whale' sequesters an additional 33 tons of CO2 on average (with an average lifespan of 150 years), for centuries. By comparison, a tree absorbs about 22 kilograms of CO2 per year ...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...CO2), temperature and humidity. Smoking must be prohibited within the project boundary. Air quality testing must be done pre-occupancy and after nine months of occupancy to measure levels of Respirable Suspended Particulates (RSP) and Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC). 10) Biophilia: The project must be...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...CO2 storage capacity as they require carbon to grow. In fact, approximately 50% of the mass of wood (when dry) is made up of carbon, which remains in the wood even after it has been harvested. It has thus been shown that using one square metre of wood in construction removes 0.9 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. That ...

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...CO2). The EPA report concluded that “GLGE accounts for a major portion of US nonroad gasoline emissions. Two-stroke engines are an important source of VOCs and criteria pollutants.” So whilst the newer EPA approved emission standards should see a reduction in noxious emissions of 21% between 2011 and 2018, this is no r...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...CO2 produced in the manufacturing and transportation of materials, and by providing - dollar for dollar - a wall with much better insulation. By building a slab-on-grade home, you are choosing to substitute foundation walls with above-ground walls. In other words, you are replacing concrete walls with a much more aff...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...CO2 and smoke detector © Ecohome Carbon monoxide can find its way into your home by many means: Gas or oil furnaces in poor condition Unvented combustion appliances Poorly maintained chimneys Open fire placesLeaking wood stoves Improperly sealed garages attached to homes Make sur...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...CO2 emission Gabion 727 545 4 703 243 Dry Stone Wall 623 568 4 090 210 Concrete 1 777 335 9 491 757 Gabion walls have been shown to have about a third of the carbon footprint of a concrete wall. Although, once they achieve a height of about 16 feet, they begin to lose the...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...CO2) from the atmosphere. When making the choice to buy FSC certified wood products, it guarantees that all the trees harvested are replaced, or are allowed to regenerate naturally, minimizing waste and environmental impact. The FSC also recognizes and protects the rights of indigenous communities in North America an...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...CO2 as greenhouse gases. The only way choosing XPS foam over other types of insulation will make the planet greener is by helping frozen tundra come back to life. For help choosing the most Eco-friendly rigid foam insulation panels, see here . 'We have been doing it now for so long that we really can't find better ...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...CO2 as refrigerant with lower GWP (global warming potential) Two sizes of water storage tank to better fit the needs of consumers High delivered water temperature (65° C) What we don't like about the SANCO2: That's a pretty easy answer - the price. The Vancouver distributor sells the outdoor unit for $3,227...