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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...

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...footprint of eco homes & sustainable construction ... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : Compare the carbon footprint of wood v steel v concrete Buildings Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home cons...

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

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...Footprint. Manufacturers have different methods to mitigate these impacts, and all of these materials have complex life cycles. For a meaningful comparison, materials would need to be assessed as part of a lifecycle analysis (LCA) at a global level. An LCA considers the environmental impact of materials from cradle t...

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...

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...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...footprint’, meaning the amount of embodied energy required to extract raw materials and manufacture products , some natural building materials, like the grass insulation from Gramitherm that we just came across, actually have a negative carbon footprint due to the carbon absorbed and sequestered within it. There is a...

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 ...

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...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...footprints. Working within the existing shell, the Skygarden House uses design strategies to ‘expand’ the interior space without expanding the footprint of the house. The efficient kitchen area is easy to maintain and brings light into the room The design provides outdoor living spaces on multiple levels to a...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...footprints are so heavy residential areas, it is important to take steps to mitigate that as much as possible. All the information necessary to build a green home is available on this site, but in the meantime if you live in a conventional home, start by reading our simple household improvement tips. 4. Landscaping a...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

Dense-packed cellulose insulation - the History In 2005, Metric Homes of Carp, Ontario designed and built Canada's first Energy Star labelled home in Canada. This home was built with dense-packed (or dense-blown) cellulose as the wall insulation of choice. Their intent was to produce a better built home with the goa...