Energy positive construction / Guides

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

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

...energy costs –and reap significant cost savings over the building’s project 100-year lifespan. CIRS’ 'net positive' environmental impacts: Energy: By capturing ...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...energy during its lifetime (around 30,500 kWh per year) than the total amount of energy that will eventually be used for its entire construction, operation and ...

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

...energy – or embodied carbon, and the other half comes from operating energy. The grey energy consumed during the construction phase causes a one-off embodied ca...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...construction. Diverting 96% of construction waste from landfill. Using fly-ash, a by-product of coal fired power plants, to reduce the amount of cement needed i...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...energy consumption within ideal parameters. Positive and negative air pressure: Neither positive nor negative air pressure in a home is good, as either puts...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...construction methods? Trends in the construction industry, such as shorter project schedules, sustainable construction practices and workforce shortages, are ...

Zero Carbon Building
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

...construction can play an important role in meeting Canada’s GHG reduction target of 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, saving 7.5 megatonnes of GHG emission...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...positive community feedback, in July 2009 in an unprecedented move by a Canadian city, council adopted the Laneway House Program. At that time, council asked ...

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row

...construction and transformation, illustrating the ever-growing international demand for LEED green buildings. The announcement comes at a time of increased inte...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...Positive Energy Buildings , Living Building Challenge (LBC) rating or Net Zero Energy or ZNE labelled homes are the future for efficient & resilient constructio...

A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

...positive note here's the one we think is the best tiny house ever made (or at least that we’ve seen to date). Are tiny houses eco-friendly? While we love th...