Carbon / Guides

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...carbon footprint. Here are some questions to ask that can help you determine the true ecological cost of an item: Where was it made? There are a lot of reasons to question where a product originated. Transportation for example, will greatly increase the carbon footprint of any item. On top of that, working conditions...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...carbon emissions compared to regular concrete. Extracting and manufacturing 26% of construction materials from within 800 km of Bluewater Health. Providing bicycle racks and shower facilities for building occupants who choose this mode of transportation. “Buildings are a prime example of how human sys...

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

...carbon in the atmosphere are from transportation and buildings. Both industries followed similar paths, both counter to the best interests of society. After suppressing alternative technologies and dragging their heels for decades, we are now watching North American automakers struggle to come up with affordable desi...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...carbon emissions from the energy they use. Air conditioners and heat pumps contain fluoridated gases, which have a heavy impact on climate change. Mechanical climate control cooling systems will always have a place in home design, but they should be a secondary design focus after cheaper passive cooling strategies have...

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in a process called carbonation, and gradually returns to its original state of limestone. When first applied it seems quite opaque, but will become richer in colour as it cures. Ochres and natural metal oxides are used to add colour. Rather than flaking like paint, colours tend to fa...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

How to insulate house walls from the outside Adding extra insulation to the exterior walls of an older home when renovating or remodeling is a great way of improving a home's walls thermal performance and reducing energy use while reducing heating bills, carbon footprint and improving a building's comfort level. It ...

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

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

...carbon dioxide (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 20...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...carbon emissions, and have a healthier and more durable house. For a detailed guide on choosing between a Slab on Grade or a Basement for a home foundation see here , but we'll give conclusions below. Typically, the construction of a single family home in Canada & North America starts with a poured concrete footing f...

Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...carbon footprint and aid in mitigating climate change. Low-emission commuting choices Guides for green lifestyle and environment choices Free online tool for calculating the carbon footprint of buildings Find more about green home construction and reap the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Memb...

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?

...carbon footprint. And, short of parking yourself on top of a compost pile and waiting to meet your maker, there is simply nothing you can do on this planet that will not, in some way, lead to environmental degradation. Every step you take wears out your shoes and every ‘save the whales’ sign you make uses cardboard a...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...carbons (HFCs) most commonly used as blowing agents are far more damaging to the climate than those used with other rigid foam insulation boards. Some manufacturers speak of a transition to more eco-friendly foam insulation blowing agents; that will be great news when it happens across the board! And credit where it's ...