Commercial / Guides

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

...commercial and institutional LEED projects to date (LEED Homes were not included in the ranking). LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water resources, sav...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...commercial or multi-unit residential projects of substantial size. A home would have to be quite large, and somewhat poorly-insulated to actually make it pay ...

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?
Kitchens

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters

...commercial kitchen look. This can be another 'eco' choice if you like the look, but only if you are sure you'll keep it for a long time. Keep in mind that the s...

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...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...commercial and residential water conservation measures immediately. And THAT cheery preamble, is actually to lay the groundwork about an innovative and award-wi...

net zero energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...commercial products, and often there are no testing procedures to ensure they live up to suppliers claims. Furthermore, experience from previous demonstration p...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...commercial warehousing to experience a growing number of prefabricated or modular construction projects. Ecohome's thoughts on prefab & modular construction i...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...commercial building owners to disclose the energy efficiency performance to tenants and buyers. It should come as little surprise that a discouraging amount o...

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

UBC Lab Exceeds LEED Platinum becoming one of North America's greenest buildings

...commercial buildings constructed primarily of certified wood and beetle-killed wood (currently B.C.’s largest source of carbon emissions). Its wood structure lo...

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

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...commercial and residential buildings. Because commercial buildings generally draw more power during the day and residential use tends to increase in the evening...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...commercially available phase change drywall and other building materials, we first came across Thermal Core, a drywall product said to contain microscopic acryl...