Commercial / Guides

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...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...commercial warehouse floor; any additional finishing sealer will peel and chip if it sees a lot of heavy use. Applying an additional sealer is an option for res...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...Commercial (Business or Mercantile), Assembly, Educational, Institutional C. Light Industrial (Factory, Storage) Pedestrian-oriented communities are optimiz...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...commercial use. Increasing the yield through reflection could make that an even more affordable energy supply option. Most of the advances in solar power prod...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...commercial buildings rather than houses, as the quantities available are worth the effort of involving a broker. But for residential builders looking to acquire...

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...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...commercial and residential buildings, requiring all rezoned building projects to receive LEED Gold certification or better. "We value our relationship with th...

Flooded streets impervious surfaces - Calgary Alberta
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

...commercial building where occupants now have green space on site, or a home where you suddenly have space to grow food. When the volume of water maxes out the...

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...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...commercial and residential buildings with power storage starts to become mainstream it would address a serious shortcoming of renewable power, which is that you...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...commercial HVAC systems. During warmer days, an ERV system pre-cools and dehumidifies while in the winter season ERV systems humidify and pre-heat incoming air ...