Environmental footprint / Guides

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...Environmental Institute as being low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Recently though, some doubts have been raised about the health status of synthetic gypsum panels. We would suggest you pay close attention to gypsum panels shipped from China as they do not have the same safety standards as Gypsum produced i...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...environmentalists, but it is worth keeping in mind that EPS insulation panels are mostly made of air, it is recyclable, the plastic content is a petroleum byproduct rather than primary material and it could be plant-based if it weren't for cost and the carbon footprint of doing so, and it works well when you use it for...

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

Burning the right firewood for maximum heat output and minimum environmental impact

...environmental impact - so think efficiency, then service and maintain to ensure your stove or fireplace continues to perform as it's designed to. A leaking door gasket should never be left to allow excess air to enter and disrupt a clean burning process. Wood Choices - which firewood is best/hottest and what to look ...

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...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...environmental impact of the home itself, and that of the occupants in living in the home in their habits, needs and lifestyle. For example, one new aspect was to include a credit category for Location & Transportation, placing more emphasis and attention on reducing main contributors to global warming: transportation...

Sorting home recyclable materials at a recycling center
Lifestyle and environment

Why recycling is important, and how to recycle correctly at home

...environmental footprint in these pages : How to sort and dispose of compost and household waste Use your kitchen waste as compost to grow food in a backyard lasagna garden How to dispose of construction waste responsibly Where to buy and sell used building materials online Find more about ...

The Elegant Farm hydroponic bottle garden
Landscaping

Hydroponic bottle gardener launches kickstarter campaign

More and more people are informing themselves on various forms of urban farming to counteract the heavy ecological footprint of industrial agriculture. However, there are very few options for the increasing number of people wishing to get involved but who don't necessarily have the time, the means, or the expertise fo...

Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...environmental footprint in these pages : DIY Green Roof Installation Video How your diet affects climate change, and how to choose low impact foods A Montreal, Quebec grocery store green roof produces its own food Use your kitchen waste as compost to grow food in a backyard lasagna garden ...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...environmental footprint in these pages : Building with recycled shipping pallets How to sort and dispose of compost and household waste How to grow food at home sustainably in a backyard lasagna garden How to sustainably dispose of construction waste Where to buy and sell used building mat...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...environmental impact. All XPS panels are not equal! EPS - Expanded Polystyrene Foam Insulation Boards: Rated at R4 per inch; EPS foam insulation boards are more permeable to air and moisture than XPS, but it doesn't retain moisture to the same extent because of it's more closed cell structure and it's breathability...

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...