Carbon / Guides

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

Natural building products such as hemp flooring are gaining in popularity for those who want healthy homes with sustainable eco-friendly building materials. Hemp is a very sustainable crop given the quick growing time and the amount of carbon sequestered in hemp building products. A hemp crop goes from seed to ready-t...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...carbon construction techniques and renewable power generation is urgent beyond measure, and the current market keeps turning up solutions. Solar thermal collectors and Stirling engines generate power One that really impresses us is from a Swedish company named Azelio that offers a solution to renewable energy power...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...carbon emissions than a lot of people might think, consequently home location is one one of the biggest variables in your personal carbon footprint. The average Canadian house size: Canadians on average have a living space of 700 square feet per person, a number that has quadrupled in a generation. Not long ago hou...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...carbon storage and requires significantly less energy to manufacture than any batt insulation on the market. Not to mention it will likely get you additional LEED points in any evaluation. As this is a wood product that has been heavily processed, it is at greater risk of moisture damage than some other materials if ...

Commuting after Lock-down in the new Covid-19 World
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Green commuting - getting back to work after social distancing is relaxed

All nations want and need to get back to work, and soon , but there's going to have to be a lot of adjustments to how we actually do it. When we start to get back to normal after COVID-19, (the new normal anyway), there will likely be an extended period of time where we are all a little leery of shaking that first han...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

The ecological impact of suburban living: U.S. studies regarding the energy impact of population by location shows 55% of the energy consumed by a family living in a house in a suburban area is from travel. The figure drops to 26% for the same family living in the same house located in a neighborhood where work and ...

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

UBC Lab Exceeds LEED Platinum becoming one of North America's greenest buildings

...carbon: CIRS’ operations require no fossil fuel and the surplus energy CIRS returns to EOS removes an additional 150 tonnes of GHG emissions annually through reduced natural gas use. Structural carbon: CIRS’ wood structure locks in more than 500 tonnes of carbon, offsetting GHG emissions from non-renewable materials ...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...carbon (acts as carbon storage), having a positive impact on the fight against climate change, of which the building industry is a leading contributor to. Disposing of leftover rice stalks after harvest can be a big environmental problem as fields are often flooded to speed up the rotting process, which not only cons...

Wood Combustion - How it works and the different stages
Wood stove and biomass heat

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns & How to get the best heat while being eco-friendly

...carbon rich charcoal”. This process also creates a mixture of hydrocarbons in the form of liquid tar droplets and combustibles gases and digging into this part is very complex. At this point we have hydrocarbon vapors, carbon monoxide, methane, water vapor, carbon dioxide, and a nice mix of other vapors. This is an imp...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...carbon emission targets? There's another indirect benefit that could come from these tax credits - less energy leaking out of our houses means less fossil fuels need to be extracted from the ground and burned, and less carbon is released into the atmosphere. This is not to suggest that insulating a few attics will stop...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...carbon-based economy that needs to happen if we hope to see a noticeable reduction in carbon emmissions in the future. Electric powered heat pumps save money Heat pumps powered with electricity can heat a house on average about three times more efficiently than other heat sources. And pairing an air source heat pum...