Commercial / Guides

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

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...commercial green roofs: I’ve witnessed numerous commercial living green roof projects fail within the first growing season after completion . This is often th...

LEED for homes rating system.
LEED Homes

What is LEED?

...commercial buildings and homes administered by the CaGBC (Canada Green Building Council) to encourage sustainable building practices. While the commercial pro...

LEED Homes

LEED project eligibility

...commercial is performed according to the same ecological principles. Types of buildings that are not eligible: Renovations that do not include completely insula...

Green building certifications

Got a Green Home You Want to Show Off? Nominate Yourself for an Award.

...Commercial, institutional, industrial and interior projects outside of Part 9, including new construction and existing buildings, renovations and fit-ups. F...

"The Boneyard" in Arizona, the world’s biggest aircraft graveyard
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Old airplane fuselage is finding a new life as recycled building material.

...commercially viable repurposing process, aviation aluminum has been overlooked until very recently. © Bio-Luminum CoveringsETC is a Fl...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...commercial applications. (Although that may be about to change with the aptly nicknamed "Plyscrapers!") According to a study led by the CORRIM (Consortium for...

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...commercial energy producers such as the massive solar farm in Sarnia Ontario, the microFIT program is intended to encourage renewable energy projects in small b...

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...commercial buildings that meet the thermal requirements of the Step Code. Alternatively, there is always the option as a developer to decide to build to LEED ce...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...commercial buildings and retailers are happy to get rid of them. They can be used either in their current form or taken apart and reused as small pieces. Used...

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

How to find a healthier wood finish

...commercial brands contain and release far less VOCs than varnishes, so for both environmental and health reasons, natural floor oil is the winner. Aside from th...

DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Wood and organic materials

Two new options of mass timber panels

The commercial construction sector has warmly embraced cross-laminated timber (CLT) in recent years, taking advantage of it as the base structure, but also as ...