Emissions / Guides

Reduced carbon concrete Patio blocks and CMU
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

...emissions during manufacturing than conventional concrete, resulting in a dramatically lower environmental footprint. Solidia’s concrete is formulated with less lime and is cured at lower temperatures than similar products - 1250° C kiln temperature compared to the usual 1450° C. Normal concrete production consumes a...

Ontario climate change action plan
Grants and incentives

Ontario announces ambitious climate change action plan to reduce emissions

...emissions from the transportation, industry and building sectors. This will be backed by an investment of $ 1.9 billion annually over the next five years to transition to cleaner fuel sources. Installing solar panels © Dennis Schroeder. This initiative is intended not only to reduce emissions,...

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?

...emissions of XPS (extruded polystyrene foam) manufacturing are 1430 times worse than carbon as a heat-trapping greenhouse gas, but EPS (expanded polystyrene) is only 7 times worse. And we are convinced that can be improved. Think of EPS sort of like a cousin from out of town that’s had a few minor brushes with the law,...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...emissions than that of wood. In effect, building with wood is a measure that can help combat climate change, provided that an equal amount of new trees are planted. By capturing the carbon around them and converting it into oxygen (the process of photosynthesis), trees help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...emissions, so it is also a place where we have tremendous room for improvement. This building guide will walk you through the steps than can help you minimize your personal emissions as much as possible, whether you are building, buying or renting. Keep in mind, this is not a sacrifice you are making. A green home usua...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for patients, staff and the larger community. Bluewater Health achieved LEED certification for its reduced energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. “We used healing gardens, large windows wi...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...emissions by 45% compared to 2010. Buildings are the biggest source of climate pollution producing 39% of global emissions. Additionally, building construction, maintenance and renovation generates the largest share of waste in landfills. With city populations forecast by the UN to double by 2060, data suggests this ...

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

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

...emissions). Its wood structure locks in more than 500 tons of carbon, offsetting the GHG emissions that resulted from the use of other non-renewable construction materials in the building such as cement, steel and aluminum. CIRS interior © Don Erhardt Quick facts about CIRS: Natural li...

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...emissions from common consumer products, Air Qual. Atmos. Health 8 (3) (2015) 273e281 et A. Steinemann, Volatile emissions from common consumer products, Air Qual. Atmos. Health 8 (3) (2015) 273-281. [5] A. Steineman, Ten questions concerning air fresheners and indoor built environments, Elsevier. 2 (2017) [6] A. S...

HERD Home energy rating disclosure
Grants and incentives

Ontario's Home Energy Rating and Disclosure plan (HERD) is great news for home buyers

...emissions. What this means for homeowners and buyers, is that before a house can be put on the market it will require an energy audit and rating, which will be paid for by the government. “Ontarians deserve to know how a home operates when comparing properties to better understand their monthly future payments,” sa...

LEED Silver mid-rise in Gatineau, QC.
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Sustainable building practices create prosperous communities

...emissions than standard constructions and use 66 per cent less electricity. Meanwhile, around 51 per cent less potable water is used compared to an average Australian building and less waste ends up in landfill. Ms Madew commented: "But green buildings are not just good for the planet - they are good for people too...