Environmental footprint / Guides

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...environmentally speaking wood framing has a lower embodied carbon footprint than concrete. Open web floor joists are ideal in covered timber frame construction © Draesel Construction of Calgary Engineered lumber products for construction also make use of short pieces of wood that might otherwise be heading fo...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...footprint, but they were thinking internal dimensions. The difference is negligible in conventional houses, but not in a house with almost two-foot thick walls. But our architects defied the stereotype – they had small egos and several non-black articles of clothing – and went back to the drawing board. We soon had a...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...footprint drops immensely. If you aren't farming, buying or building on a chunk of land off the beaten path can be a wonderful place to live, but a little carbon intensive if you aren't careful. Here's a few tips that might help. 1. Commuting. Do you live more than 25 miles from your work? Depending on your vehic...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...footprint of our energy needs. This compares to Canada, where around 67% of Canada’s electricity comes from renewable sources and 82% from non-GHG emitting sources - Canada is the world’s second largest producer of hydroelectricity. The thing with Electric heating though in new or renovated Green high efficiency ho...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...environmental separator between outside and inside . Its intent is to slow the movement of heat and air between outside and in, and manage moisture infiltration from both sides. There have been many changes over the previous few decades in building codes, building materials, and how we condition our homes. These chan...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...footprint as well, so choosing greener insulation such as dense-packed cellulose , hemp , or mineral wool, and selecting foam insulation with lower emissions will reduce carbon production. Choosing FSC certified sustainably harvested wood ensures you are sourcing from well managed forests and protecting the lungs of th...