Costs / Guides

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

Green Building is accelerating around the world

...costs and create a building that holds its value for longer than comparable non-green buildings. Creation of Green Product Markets and Business Benefits As green building has grown, so have the markets for new products, innovations and services. In 2012, 89 percent of global industry professionals report using or s...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...costs on heating as well as cooling. Intensive green roof (with garden): Pros: It blocks UV rays and reduces the heat island effect, offers good acoustic and thermal insulation, and the deeper soil allows for food production and good absorption of rainwater, reducing your storm water runoff. Cons: A vegetable g...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...costs and improved quality of life. A long Canadian winter seems shorter with a bright sunny home. Cons: Poorly designed, these homes are prone to overheating. Moreover, this system is difficult to adopt in existing houses. Lifespan and cost: No extra costs, and it will continue to provide heat as long as your home...

Why build LEED?
LEED Homes

Why build LEED?

...costs when making home purchases. LEED Certified homes have a higher level of satisfaction from occupants, and consequently less call backs from dissatisfied clients that end up costing the builder money. Given the level of investment a home represents, home buyers are naturally nervous. And deservedly or not, there ...

The Elegant Farm hydroponic bottle garden
Landscaping

Hydroponic bottle gardener launches kickstarter campaign

...costs 3¢ a week in electricity and grows greens, herbs and vegetables indoors year-round. Furthermore, it's handmade in Canada using natural, biodegradable and recycled materials. Jesse Herbert’s experience in environmental technology development informed his approach to product design, with a particular focus on tak...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...costs nothing to take the first step towards 'passive heating and cooling design which is just to think about it and in some capacity factor it in to your build. For new home construction, people are often concerned about the added money it will cost to increase the amount of insulation in a new build or renovation. ...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...costs to a building project, but as they can help save on operational and maintenance costs most household's monthly outgoings are going to be similar. As Energy costs & maintenance will see dramatic increases in the future it only makes sense to protect your investment by building something better, more comfortable, a...

Can I legally put a Tiny House on my Property?
Tiny house

How can I put a Tiny House on my property legally in the USA ?

...costs of a Tiny House? Each city has their own different requirements, so costs would vary. Most cities require some variation of the following points: Tiny Houses must be seated on a pad of some kind, be it concrete, asphalt, flag stone or compacted stone. They want it to be safely hooked to the water and sewe...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...costs for the moment, here is what that would mean on a monthly utility bill - conventional electric resistance heat (baseboard heaters, boilers, toasters, hairdryers, etc.) has a COP of 1, meaning one unit of electricity produces one unit of heat. So, a COP of 3 means you are getting three times more heat for every ...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...costs but also performance).Thin film solar panels either use cadmium (a very toxic heavy metal) or rare earth metals from the copper family that have enormous environmental repercussions due to extraction. The price for consumers is cheaper but the environmental cost is higher. Standard Monocrystalline or polycrysta...

Hemp fibreboard and Hemp insulation - the Green Building choice
Wood and organic materials

Hemp building supplies

...costs because of its lower weight. The hemp boards currently being manufactured by Sunstrand are not structural, though the potential is there for the future. At present, boards can be used for a wide variety of applications including molding, cabinetry, shelving, furniture, and when properly sealed can be used as ta...