Environmental footprint / Guides

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

...Footprint of Buildings with The EC3 Calculator Carbon footprint versus life cycle analysis For its part, the carbon footprint focuses only on the greenhouse gases (GHGs) involved in the life of a building . In short, it is an inventory that represents the impact of the building on climate change only. In the cons...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...environmental impact of structural materials: Structural products are increasingly being scrutinized due to their potentially significant environmental impacts, including CO2 emissions during manufacturing and the embodied energy of materials, also referred to as Embodied Carbon and Carbon Footprint. Manufacturers ...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...footprint of your home can be instantly negated by locating it far from the places you need to go and public transportation, as you will spend a lot of time in a car. Transportation fuel makes up a much greater part of our carbon emissions than a lot of people might think, consequently home location is one one of the...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...footprint of the building itself, and that caused by the building's operation. It also brings value in its own specific ways; the state-of-the-art monitoring includes energy-intensity indicators enabling building operators or homeowners to be more aware of peak-hour consumption, when the environmental impact of the ele...

Reduced carbon concrete Patio blocks and CMU
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

...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 an equal amount of water to solid material, which is necessary for the chemical reaction that ...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...footprint of some kind. As an example - solar panels need to be fabricated using metal, plastics and certain rare earth metals that are in dwindling supply. Windmills have a similar footprint as they are made mostly of steel, along with fiberglass and plastics, and they are seated on a concrete base. Then and only th...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...footprint,” says Mike Lapaine, Vice President, Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Bluewater Health. “This is very much aligned with Bluewater Health’s Mission to create exemplary healthcare experiences for patients and families every time.” By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for ...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...footprint of gabion walls Gabion walls really do have a significantly lower carbon footprint than a concrete wall . Taking into account the embodied energy for the carbon footprint of a 10 foot high wall through all stages of it's life (manufacturing, transport, construction and maintenance) - here are the comparativ...

Earth day celebrations for 50th Anniversary
Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...Environmental Curriculum : This EDN-produced environmental education program is a great resource for learning all about Earth Day. Also check out the Climate Education Week toolbox , for elementary school, middle school, and high school students. The EPA’s Lesson Plans : The Environmental Protection Agency’s Earth Da...

Lockeport Beach House
Real estate

Lockeport Beach House wins Canadian Green Building award

...environmental footprint that derives from the philosophical approach taken by both the client and the architect. It combines responsible siting and construction strategies with low-energy consumption and net zero water use. A simple and elegant building that speaks to a different way of living in harmony with the envir...

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

...footprint than plant-based foods, so discarding those items compounds the effect on our environment. What is Zero Waste Living? One initiative to reduce the environmental impact of household trash is the zero-waste movement. Participants reduce the amount of garbage they create by adopting more eco-friendly habits ...