Environmental footprint / Guides

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 ...

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...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...environmental and cultural importance. The original concept for the FSC certification of lumber products began in 1990 with a group composed of conscientious consumers, traders and environmental and human rights organizations. They were concerned about the escalating deforestation, environmental degradation, and so...

Passive House on a Budget - The Damn Near Passive house
Passive House

The Un-certified but 'Damn Near' Passive House.

...environmental footprint. The EcoHome Team decided to prove the point when we built the economical yet high-performance Edelweiss, which was the second certified LEED Platinum V4 home in the world and first in Canada (see here) and which coincidentally was built to Passive House standards . Canada Green Building Counc...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

Alex Wilson is the founder of the journal Environmental Building News , Green Building , GreenSpec and recently the Resilient Design Institute . The following is a brief description of his vision, and the steps our team took as designers, builders and homeowners to meet that criteria for the Kenogami House. The ac...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

...Environmental sustainability is the foundation of the college curriculum, and REED students are interested in finding ways to reduce consumption of fossil fuels and leave a smaller ecological footprint. But Brown thinks there is something more at work behind his students’ enthusiasm for the project. “The appeal of li...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...footprint. Here are some questions to ask that can help you determine the true ecological cost of an item: Where was it made? There are a lot of reasons to question where a product originated. Transportation for example, will greatly increase the carbon footprint of any item. On top of that, working conditions around...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...environmental standards to provide a high efficiency home with a low environmental footprint, along with a comfortable and healthy non-toxic indoor air quality & environment for the home-owners and their families. Below is a list of the sustainable & high-performance kit house components & features that Emmanuel chos...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...environmental impact. When choosing a stove or fireplace, below is an example of some of the numbers that you will need to look at, their value lies mostly in being able to compare one wood burning stove against another: Maximum output capacity with dry wood - eg. 100,000 BTU/h Can heat up to (insert size here)...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...footprint of the S1600 kit house was calculated, and the results were very impressive. Being seated on a slab-on-grade partially aided in keeping the carbon footprint low, but also due to the low embodied energy of the materials chosen and extremely energy efficient shell, the total carbon foot print of the S1600 is 1/...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...footprint calculator for materials One of the most exciting building tools we’ve found lately is the EC3 carbon footprint calculator . Programs like the ZNE mentioned above can really benefit from this, since, to determine the entire carbon footprint of a building from cradle to grave, you would need to know more tha...