Ecological footprint / Guides

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...

Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...ecological footprint of the facility, and to demonstrate native plants as a viable alternative to conventional landscaping. The secret for a succesful green roof? Build the right team: Don’t underestimate the expertise necessary to design a successful green roof . Having a certified Green Roof Professional (GRP), o...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...ecological carbon footprint? Wouldn’t it make more sense to encourage the maximum number of buildings to achieve a certain threshold of energy efficiency rather than creating a very narrow path for very few? Passive House certification or indeed LEED Certification, is still seen by many as an "elitist" club reserved fo...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...ecological advantages: it can be very strong and facilitate large spans without requiring large trees and environmentally speaking wood framing has a lower embodied carbon footprint than concrete. Open web floor joists are ideal in covered timber frame construction © Draesel Construction of Calgary Engineered...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...footprint and living in a truly green home - the future requirements for getting everywhere your family needs to be can have an important impact. Unless you're looking to build an off-grid eco home , or are budgeting for extensive solar pv panels to charge up the Tesla, make sure you've accurately budgeted for a buildi...

Installing recycled drywall in the Edelweiss House
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Choosing the best drywall - video

...footprint. It's lightweight, made with synthetic gypsum and has recycled paper on both sides. In addition, we used CGC Dust Control® Brand Drywall Compound which meant we were exposed to less airborne particles during sanding than we would have been with other brands. Watch more EcoHome Green Building videos he...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...ecological footprints are so heavy residential areas, it is important to take steps to mitigate that as much as possible. All the information necessary to build a green home is available on this site, but in the meantime if you live in a conventional home, start by reading our simple household improvement tips. 4. La...