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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

...climate change by promoting responsible forest management and the recycling of wood and paper. Forests have a key role in regulating the earth’s climate and removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. When making the choice to buy FSC certified wood products, it guarantees that all the trees harvested are repl...

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...

How to Build Homes & Protect Homes to Stop Wildfires
Concept and design

How to protect your home from fire - a burning need to know.

...climate geek and climate change is a pretty constant topic for discussion. The conference draws people from all sectors including insurance, government, big business and non-profits because natural disasters, and especially weather disasters, impact on all of us. We can all manage risk better, yes? Except we don't mana...

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...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...climate change continues to disrupt rainfall and water supply systems worldwide in 2020. The 2014–2015 drought in California, with more than 70% of the state in extreme drought by summer 2015, brought water concerns to national attention and has been compounded by the disasterous wildfires in 2019. These wildfires in...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...climate change and deforestation. In some parts of the U.S. irrigation has caused such a drop in water levels that some hydroelectric dams have ceased to be productive, increasing production of non-renewable power sources. For the serious carnivores out there that can't bear the thought of a tofu burger, look into ...

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...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...Climate Change accelerates. If in any doubt, discover why we need Future-Proof Resilient homes building for a changing Climate here . Even without adding significant cost to a build, a home can be built with far greater durability and be better-abled to resist the extreme weather occurrences that are increasing in fr...

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...

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 ...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...change, and they will expand or contract in the process. Hemp natural insulation batts help balance humidity in homes, and they are non-toxic and hypoallergenic And to have more fun with anologies…a box of crackers can be left unsealed on the counter in a desert climate like California, but in a humid climate l...