Climate change / Guides

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...climate change continues unchecked. Due to the results of that study, the site will be raised up 4.8 meters to accommodate that potential future scenario and improve security for new homeowners. ParkLane is also reconstructing and rehabilitating the foreshore to build fish and bird habitat. This will also help to imp...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...climate. The Northern Quebec climate that he chose (or more accurately was presented with by homeowner Alain Hamel) was by no means an easy one. PSI is a design service and home performance recognition program, intended to apply a performance figure to homes indicating their heating requirements. Any home under 50 kW...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...climate this might be an advantage, but in a colder climate this basically deprives any future home from any possible passive solar heating - so should be considered suboptimal. Distance from work, schools, shops and civilization. If serious about reducing your carbon footprint and living in a truly green home - the ...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...climate zone the property is in. To learn more about mechanical ventilation systems, see here – or to discover how to choose between an HRV or ERV unit, see here . If in a cold climate, it’s also a great idea to fit a low level evacuation pipe on the HRV or ERV unit rather than a roof vent that can freeze up and be har...

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...climate change, as it prevents the release of carbon into the atmosphere. Currently the only real carbon storage option in green building materials comes from natural building products such as strawbales, wood for framing , cellulose insulation , hemp insulation , insulated wood fiberboard panels , MDF panels made from...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...climate zone you would direct the exhaust vent from your radon stack straight out through the rim joist (as seen in the adjacent images), and there are several benefits to this location for all climate zones – it is a quicker install with less materials required, you avoid having to puncture your roofing materials and ...

Zero Carbon Building
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

...climate change. CaGBC believes that a zero carbon approach to new construction can play an important role in meeting Canada’s GHG reduction target of 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, saving 7.5 megatonnes of GHG emissions annually. Further reductions will come from our stock of existing buildings. This sounds l...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...climate change and rising global temperatures, it is essential that carbon emissions from homes and buildings be reduced. This comes through design features such as choosing a slab-on-grade instead of a basement as they use significantly less concrete, which is very high in GHGs (green house gas emissions), unless you ...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

Not all insulation materials are the same, and they are not always interchangeable A basic understanding of how walls work is needed to help you understand what you can reasonably expect insulation and building materials to do for you when they are part of a wall assembly. If you have a working knowledge of building...

“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?

...climate change is a greater frequency and intensity of summer droughts . The addition of chemical fertilizers . It pollutes the water table, the rivers, the air and the soil. With regular use, the soil is damaged and kills the microbes, real allies of the gardens. A lot of maintenance : Some people love to mow the ...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...climate, but as high as possible in the system so the exit remains clear for pumping the water out of. Even if you feel you are in a location where you aren’t at risk of flooding, if you have a basement, you should probably have a sump pump. Especially given the increase in extreme weather events due to climate chang...