Carbon / Guides

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

Hemp building supplies

...carbon sequestering capabilities. By the time it is ready to harvest, one ton of hemp will have sequestered an average of 1.62 tons of 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 a...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...carbon monoxide combustion from fires and stoves , Formaldehyde from pressed-wood products, such as particleboard, plywood, and fiberboard; glues and adhesives; permanent-press fabrics; paper product coatings; and certain insulation materials. We also need to controll the interior humidity of a home to prevent mold for...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...carbon footprint. How much insulation is too much? This is, oddly enough, a question that needs to be addressed also - is it even possible to install too much insulation in a home? Sometimes people can get a little over ambitious and install far more insulation than is necessary or even effective. And sometimes the...

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...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...carbon footprint. We would argue for the heat gain. To have any reasonable semblance of feeding yourself and your family you would need a garden somewhere in the area of 10,000 square feet. Growing a bit of food in your living room is wonderful, but it will not offset your carbon footprint anywhere near as much as a ...

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

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...carbon footprint modelling information tools – which is enabling increased adoption of prefabrication. In order to better understand the main drivers and obstacles for using prefab and modular building and the benefits achieved, the study focused on the architects, engineers and contractors who are already using them...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...carbon emissions, and, like ignoring recommendations from your doctor to quite smoking, eat better and get more exercise, we now seem to be potentially paying the price. But let's forget our opinion on that for a moment and look at some interesting facts we’re going to give to persuade even the most sceptical climate-c...

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 ...

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...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...carbon footprint of eco homes & sustainable construction ... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : Off Grid and Zero Energy Homes Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate The "Damn-Near" Passive House project Resilient design features f...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...carbon monoxide and methane to name but a few), toxic chemicals like formaldehyde in building materials and furnishings continue to off-gas for many years after installation. (Which is why choosing formaldehyde-free kitchen cabinets is recommended .) To remove the excess humidity generated by normal human activity in...