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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 ...

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 ...

How to organize food in your fridge to make it last longer
Lifestyle and environment

Fridge organization - how to optimize fridges to reduce food waste (and why it matters)

...CO2, or 2.1 million cars on the road, which drastically contributes to Canada’s overall carbon footprint. Now I got that off my chest, you can skip straight to the section for our fridge optimization - top tips here , or keep on reading if you're interested in more facts! This amount of waste has far-reaching impacts...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...CO2, which is 6 times lower than code compliant construction of an equivalent house in Quebec. Six times lower - imagine the impact if all homes were built to reduce their carbon footprint by a factor of six! The first S1600 prefab home out of the factory was assembled in the Montreal Stadium for a 2019 home show, th...

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...

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...

Hemp fibreboard and Hemp insulation - the Green Building choice
Wood and organic materials

Hemp building supplies

...CO2. Carbon is then stored for the entire lifecycle of the material. From a health perspective, unless you intentionally source a healthy alternative, most forms of sheet stock such as OSB (oriented strand board), MDF (medium density fibreboard, particle board and plywood will contain formaldehyde and VOCs. Hemp Core...

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...

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...

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...