Construction waste management / Guides

Disposing of household waste properly - recycling, garbage & toxic materials
Kitchens

Waste management: compost and recycling

...waste management, first determine just what services are available in your municipality so you can sort your waste properly. Not all collection and disposal services are the same in all regions - recycling, compost collection, toxic waste depots, etc., but your local municipality will be able to provide you with that i...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...waste factor limit: Limit the overall estimated waste factor of framing materials to 10% or less, and provide detailed documentation. 2.1 FSC-certified tropical woods: Provide proof that any tropical woods found in the home are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. 3.1 Construction waste management planni...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...construction of homes How to sustainably dispose of construction waste Where to find FSC certified products locally Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...waste during design, construction, operation, and end of life in order to conserve natural resources. The project team must create a Material Conservation Management Plan that explains how the project optimizes materials in each of the following phases: Design Phase, including the consideration of appropriate dur...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...construction via National Research Council Canada Multi-story wood frame construction: To date, the Stathaus building in London, also known as the Timber Tower, is the tallest timber construction in the world, consisting of 8 wood floors and 1 floor on a concrete platform. It was built using a structural system p...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...waste management: Prior to demolition of the old home, the following items were salvaged: windows and doors, hardwood floor, trim, kitchen cabinets, appliances and a 12x12’ sunroom. All clean waste lumber was saved and used to heat the new home with a high-efficiency wood burning fireplace. All recyclable materials wer...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...construction industry. The pioneers behind the council were David Gottfried, a construction manager and real estate developer, Michael Italiano, an environmental lawyer, and S. Richard (Rick) Fedrizzi the president of Green-Think, a marketing and communications consulting firm. In 1995, the USGBC partnered with the N...

Suzlon's LEED Platinum wind power living laboratory in India
Lifestyle and environment

Green Building is accelerating around the world

...Construction , United Technologies Natural Leadership , World Green Building Council , and USGBC . About the authors: Harvey M. Bernstein has been a leader in the engineering and construction industry for over 30 years. Currently, he has lead responsibilities for McGraw-Hill Construction’s (MHC) market research gro...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...management, we don’t have any more time to waste. Any solution needs to be scalable, and EPS foam insulation may well be such a solution if we continue to work to reduce its climate impact. In conclusion – this is in no way a recommendation for you to choose foam insulation products over bio-based natural insulation,...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...construction - especially if choosing carbon negative concrete CMU blocks using Carbicrete and also low-carbon concrete from CarbonCure . Steel stands out for its speed and efficiency in construction. It's relative light weight and ease of construction allows for a workforce about 10 to 20% smaller compared to a simi...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...waste , composting , disposing of construction waste and other easy lifestyle changes to reduce your environmental footprint in these pages : Building with recycled shipping pallets How to sort and dispose of compost and household waste How to grow food at home sustainably in a backyard lasagna garden...