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 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, but to stimulate growth b...

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. ...

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,...

Plastic in landfill
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Turning Waste Plastic Into useable Fuel

...emissions documented by CRA (carbon footprint analysis) from the P2O stack test were lower than what would be produced by the same test on a natural gas furnace of similar size. John Bordynuik, President & CEO. There is no question that what we are talking about here is still burning fossil fuels. The difference ...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...emissions, but through tax incentives like this, helping meet emission targets is just the by-product of a sensible program that will help keep more money in your pocket, more jobs in your community and more carbon in the ground. Everyone wins here. As for home renovation tax credits in the 2016 federal budget , that w...

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...

Canada one of the top 10 countries building LEED homes
LEED Homes

The top 10 countries outside the U.S. certifying buildings with the LEED rating system

...emissions; create healthier indoor environments for workers, students and community members; and lower utility bills for building owners through reduced energy and water use. The ranking of the top 10 countries for LEED outside of the U.S. is based on cumulative gross square meters (GSM) of space certified to LEED in...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...emissions, it would also be a painless way to help meet emission reduction targets. That's a win, win, win hat trick. Despite the fact that better-insulated houses would mean more money for builders and owners, our shopping habits force them to build to bare minimum performance requirements to remain competitive, so ...

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...emissions that includes hazardous air pollutants, criteria pollutants, and carbon dioxide (CO2). The EPA report concluded that “GLGE accounts for a major portion of US nonroad gasoline emissions. Two-stroke engines are an important source of VOCs and criteria pollutants.” So whilst the newer EPA approved emission stand...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...emissions that would compromise its ability to use natural ventilation. All operational emissions must be free of Red List items. Sunlight: Restrictions are place on the amount of sunlight that blocks adjacent buildings. Natural Waterways: The project may not restrict access to the edge of any natural waterway, exc...