Ecological footprint / Guides

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...footprint. Here are some questions to ask that can help you determine the true ecological cost of an item: Where was it made? There are a lot of reasons to question where a product originated. Transportation for example, will greatly increase the carbon footprint of any item. On top of that, working conditions around...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...ecological footprint extends beyond the walls of our home, this is why in the LEED rating system you will see references to 'drought resistant ' and 'native species ' in terms of landscaping. Water is a quickly dwindling resource and Canadians and Americans are the highest per capita consumers of water in the world. ...

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

...footprint than plant-based foods, so discarding those items compounds the effect on our environment. What is Zero Waste Living? One initiative to reduce the environmental impact of household trash is the zero-waste movement. Participants reduce the amount of garbage they create by adopting more eco-friendly habits ...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...footprint drops immensely. If you aren't farming, buying or building on a chunk of land off the beaten path can be a wonderful place to live, but a little carbon intensive if you aren't careful. Here's a few tips that might help. 1. Commuting. Do you live more than 25 miles from your work? Depending on your vehic...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...footprint, along with a comfortable and healthy non-toxic indoor air quality & environment for the home-owners and their families. Below is a list of the sustainable & high-performance kit house components & features that Emmanuel chose for his prefab LEED & Passive House home kit - These prefab home kits are configu...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...footprint: The project must account for the total footprint of embodied carbon (tCO2e) from its construction through a one-time carbon offset tied to the project boundary. 13) Responsible industry: The project must advocate for the creation and adoption of third-party certified standards for sustainable resource ...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...ecological footprint of your home. Renovation tax credits and financial incentives: First speak with your bank and find out what funds you have available. Many banks offer incentives for including sustainable green components in your project like installing Energy Star windows , doors and appliances. Along with tho...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...footprint, along with a comfortable and healthy non-toxic indoor air quality & environment for the home-owners and their families. Below is a list of the sustainable & high-performance kit house components & features that Emmanuel chose for his prefab LEED & Passive House home kit - These prefab home kits are configu...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...footprint calculator for materials One of the most exciting building tools we’ve found lately is the EC3 carbon footprint calculator . Programs like the ZNE mentioned above can really benefit from this, since, to determine the entire carbon footprint of a building from cradle to grave, you would need to know more tha...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...footprint and the amount of pollution generated compared to choosing the most affordable materials you could find. Similar choices can be made with wood – you can use reclaimed barn boards, FSC-Certified lumber, or wood reclaimed from river bottoms as seen above. It will also reduce the negative health and ecological...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...footprint as a wood burner: Heating with wood does not instantly make you an enviro-villain unless you live on an island with one remaining tree. Wood is a renewable resource and fairly abundant in most areas, certainly for rural wood burners. Trees absorb carbon as they grow and they release it when they decompose...