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Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...climate change. The panel spoke about the things that need to change in our society: the ways we transport ourselves, grow food, generate energy, and yes, build structures. Although I’d heard most of this before, I sat at the back of the room and felt the weight of this ‘inconvenient truth’ more palpably in my bones. F...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...climates and traditional building materials. BREEAM certainly got a lot of building professionals thinking around the world. For those who think homes built to code in the USA & Canada are good enough, remember that the building code essentially defines the worst performing home you are legally allowed to build. Depe...

Electric vehicle charging station

Electric Vehicles getting help from the provinces

...climate change talks in Paris. "We know that for electric vehicles to take off in Ontario there has to be the infrastructure in place." That's from the CBC, read more here. Quebec is also getting into the game, which is great news for a province that runs on hydroelectric power. Yes, the naysayers are right, a wh...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...climate change, of which the building industry is a leading contributor to. Disposing of leftover rice stalks after harvest can be a big environmental problem as fields are often flooded to speed up the rotting process, which not only consumes dwindling groundwater resources, it also releases a lot of methane, a very...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...Change the baseboard heaters to stop the noises If none of the above works, electric baseboard heaters can always be changed or contact a heating technician who can try to determine the cause of the noise (although the cost may end up being comparable). If it’s one or two units, try looking up better quality electric...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...climate change and housing. Tiny House living is a housing trend that has inspired radically scaling back home size, which is a very good thing. The average house size in the US is almost 2,700 square feet, and in Canada it peaked at about 2,200 square feet but has dropped in recent years. Today's houses are on ave...

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...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...climates. It won't offer nearly the thermal protection you think it will in the dead of winter, and it may cause moisture damage due to its lack of permeability. Polyiso insulation boards are the most widely used low slope, above-deck commercial roofing insulation. As a versatile choice for commercial roofing applica...

Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...changes to reduce your environmental footprint in these pages : DIY Green Roof Installation Video How your diet affects climate change, and how to choose low impact foods A Montreal, Quebec grocery store green roof produces its own food Use your kitchen waste as compost to grow food in a backyar...

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 ...