Emissions / Guides

Patio stones with very low greenhouse gas emissions
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...

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 tra...

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 pl...

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...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

Housing is an enormous source of carbon emissions, so it is also a place where we have tremendous room for improvement. This building guide will walk you throu...

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 constructio...

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 Qu...

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 Au...

Wood pellet stoves that don't need electric ideal for off grid operation
Wood stove and biomass heat

These wood pellet stoves for off-grid heating don't need electric to operate

...emissions - high-temperature fires produce less airborne particulates than low-temperature fires; EPA-certified wood stoves produce less than un-certified stove...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...emissions during construction and operation. The result of this low-carbon design approach: Calculating the carbon footprint of its construction, and assumi...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...emissions and urban sprawl. That translates directly into cleaner air, more green space, and a genuine step towards limiting the impact of urban centres on our ...