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

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

...certified lumber materials by looking for one of three FSC certified labels listed above, or for SFI certified lumber if local suppliers can't supply it. To easily find FSC certified products and suppliers locally online, you can also use the search tools provided on the FSC website (below), or for FSC certified plyw...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...certified buildings save money for organizations and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for patients, staff and the larger community. Bluewater Health achieved LEED certification for its reduced energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a...

Wall assemblies - new construction

Wood framing

...certified, and provided by our sponsor Kott Lumber . Kott engineered the plans for us , supplying detailed framing documents including a cut list for each framing member. We were also provided with a wood order to match, along with pre-cut lengths whenever possible. This gave us multiple points towards LEED certifica...

LEED Canada on the rise
LEED Homes

LEED Canada shows strong growth during summer of 2015 including first LEED® v4 certified project

...certified LEED projects in Canada between May and September 2015. This brings the current total number of LEED certified projects in Canada to 2,466 – second highest in the world. Buildings play a critical role in the battle against climate change, representing 30 per cent of greenhouse gases generated overall. This ...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...certified home was born of new city policies designed to develop people-friendly neighbourhoods. Unused city land between large lots was re-zoned to allow for new housing that promoted community engagement. New zoning regulations for these more modestly sized lots included maximum setbacks to keep homes closer to the...

Why build LEED?
LEED Homes

Why build LEED?

...certified home? It's a great way to distinguish yourself from competitors. Having built a LEED certified home gives you credibility with future clients, whether they choose to certify their homes or not. Homebuyers are increasingly asking about health issues and operational costs when making home purchases. LEED Cert...

Passive House on a Budget - The Damn Near Passive house
Passive House

The Un-certified but 'Damn Near' Passive House.

...Certified." Allow us to explain... What are the problems of Passive House in North America? The original Passive House certification program originates in Germany and is referred to as PHI - and the parameters of that program were specifically designed for that climate. The certification process has found its way t...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

Building a Passive House that's also LEED certified This is an owner blog EcoHome posted following the personal experience of Sarah Cobb and William Murray of Rocket Construction Inc. as they built a home in Abercorn, Montérégie, Quebec. Setting the bar about as high as you can, they targeted both LEED certification...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

Passive House construction on Vancouver Island Building the first certified Passive House on Vancouver Island, a duplex shared with our son Mark’s family, convinced us that the market in Victoria was ready for Passive House market condominiums. To follow through, we built the North Park Passive house, a six-unit urb...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...certified and made with a cashew nut resin. The product is very durable and resistant to water and heat. Counters are available in thicknesses ranging from ¼ to 2 inches and come in a variety of colours. The final finish has the look of soapstone but at about a third of the price. They are manufactured in the United St...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...certified building materials? There are no LEED certified materials, only buildings can be certified . There are certain products that can help earn LEED points by having passed other certifications e.g: FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) wood or EnergyStar windows. When can I advertise my LEED home? Once you have ...