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Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...change with the aptly nicknamed "Plyscrapers!") According to a study led by the CORRIM (Consortium for Research on Renewable Materials), the lifecycle of steel and concrete results in 26% to 31% more greenhouse gas emissions than that of wood. In effect, building with wood is a measure that can help combat climate ...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...climate change The cost and damage from severe weather events due to climate change is four times higher in 2019 than it was ten years ago, now averaging $1.8 billion a year over the last decade. In order to build resilient homes better suited to handle climate change , the Liberal Government has made the following c...

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

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

...climate change, there is still the issue of what is the most affordable heating system for a house, and the most sustainable for the future. Is buying a new gas furnace a good idea? A gas furnace may last anywhere from 15 to 30 years, but the average life expectancy is 20 years. Also, choosing to add gas to a home ...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

...climate change in the form of extreme weather events and unpredictable weather patterns. Snow melt combined with torrential spring rains can lead to very high water tables and consequently, sewage backflow is an increasing danger to homes and the health of occupants. According to the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ)...

Canada one of the top 10 countries building LEED homes
LEED Homes

The top 10 countries outside the U.S. certifying buildings with the LEED rating system

...climate change,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “LEED’s success in Canada represents not only a growing recognition of its demonstrated benefits for human health and operational cost savings, but also its unparalleled potential to be part of the solution to a warming planet and rising sea...

Reduce water consumption with residential gray water recycling systems
Plumbing and water heaters

Gray water recycling

...change until we start to feel the shortage. This is not intended to dissuade you from pursuing a gray water recycling system, but rather to present the realities of it from a financial point of view although here's a new gray water recycling system that does save energy and money . To learn where you can actually see...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

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

...climate change, we'd need to do a lot more than just a few. So be a responsible global citizen and accept this money. Of course it will take more than fixing up some houses before we see noticeable change in our energy consumption, but this draws attention to the abysmal performance we accept from houses, the ones stan...

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

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...change building materials A ‘phase change’ refers to the action of a material changing from liquid to solid to gas, or in the reverse order. Even greater heat storage capacity can come from employing Phase Change Materials (PCMs) . A significant amount of energy is absorbed or released when a material changes phase...

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

...climate home. After seeing firsthand in a hostile climate in North America with the Conservation House the kind of energy efficiency that was possible, we proceeded to ignore it like we did electric vehicles, and continued to build very average homes that matched the energy performance of a 5-litre Mustang being stra...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...change into practice. An RFP (request for proposal) was issued for a design/ build contract, including a basic program, design criteria and the requirement for Passive House certification Mobius Architecture had been involved in the assessment of the fire damaged structure, and saw the opportunity for an innovative s...

Suspended-film insulating glass windows are high-performance windows
Windows and doors

Suspended-film insulating glass windows - A definitive guide for these high-performance windows

...climate Why green homes are best for climate extremes Why we need to build green homes that withstand climate change events Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction in the Eco...