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tidal power generators
Renewable energy

Tidal generators offer a predictable supply of renewable energy

...change into carbon dioxide, a less harmful gas. So rather than at the surface of reservoirs, 95% of the problem is at the dam itself where methane-rich deep water goes through the high-pressure environment of turbines and spillways. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, methane has a warming imp...

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...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

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

...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 been implemented. Natural shading techniques to cool homes Our reliance on grid-fed power to cool our homes in summer as globa...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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)...

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...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...climate change , avoiding concrete is always a good thing. Unless you choose a carbon storage concrete option with a lowered carbon footprint as seen here . In its report ‘Retaining Walls – an Environmental and Financial Comparison of Different Technologies’, a team specializing in civil engineering and environment b...

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row

...climate change mitigation in the lead up to the United Nation's COP21 climate negotiations this December. "We are extremely proud to be named as the top country for LEED projects internationally again this year," said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the CaGBC. "By leading the global adoption of LEED, Canada's bu...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...climate zones in the U.S. that Passive House design had to cope with. Applying the fixed energy criteria in Passive House design that was originally developed for Germany’s climate, PHIUS claimed, was absurd in either a subtropical climate or an extremely cold climate. PHIUS has since built its entire Passive House s...