Global Warming / Guides

Canada one of the top 10 countries building LEED homes
LEED Homes

The top 10 countries outside the U.S. certifying buildings with the LEED rating system

...global reach of the movement that is transforming the built environment into healthy, high-performing structures that benefit the planet and all of its people. “The global community is increasingly recognizing the imperative for action as we combat the extraordinary challenge of worldwide climate change,” said Rick F...

4th generation blowing agents for spray foam
Insulation and soundproofing

New HFO blowing agents for spray foam will make it over 1,000 times less harmful to the climate

...global warming potential (GWP) that was over a thousand times worse than carbon dioxide as a green house gas. As a result of the 1990 Montreal Protocol to ban ozone-depleting gases - mainly chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) - hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) took their place as the blowing agents for foam insulation. That halted o...

Natural Gas is being phased out - why & when?
Heating with gas and oil

Why Natural Gas is Being Phased Out of New Home Construction (and When?)

...global warming potential (GWP), which is a calculation that allows experts to compare the effects of any gas emissions to carbon dioxide. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in recent decades, methane has warmed the planet by as much 86 times more than CO2. The less talked about environmental ...

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

...global warming must be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius, otherwise the climate change consequences will be irreversible. To do this, a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 2018 mentions the need to reduce anthropogenic CO2 emissions by 45% compared to 2010. Buildings are the biggest sourc...

tidal power generators
Renewable energy

Tidal generators offer a predictable supply of renewable energy

...Global capacity for tidal power generation is estimated at between 2.5 and 3 trillion kilowatt hours annually, amounting to approximately 10 times Canada’s total electrical output. The Bay of Fundy for example, sees an average high tide of over 16 metres as 100 billion tons of seawater comes and goes every six hours....

Natural gas fireplace
Heating with gas and oil

Heating with natural gas

...Global Warming Potential (GWP) of Methane is a cause for concern. One not so promising source is from fracking, which is a process for extracting natural gas from shale rock. It involves pumping water and chemicals into shale rock at very high pressure causing the release of methane gas. While this was at first see...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...warming state, according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment Alaska is experiencing many of the effects of a heating planet. The state’s temperatures are rising at twice the global average rate, with spring temperatures averaging about two to five degrees warmer than those of half a century ago. Fact: One of th...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...Global Warming Potential (GWP). If fields aren’t cleared by flooding, they are often burned, resulting in the release of 13 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per hectare, and air pollution in the form of fine particles, carbon monoxide, dust and sulfur. A healthy alternative to MDF boards Fun fact about rice - and the...

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

...global warming. Animal products, such as meat and dairy, have a much larger carbon 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. Particip...

How to organize food in your fridge to make it last longer
Lifestyle and environment

Fridge organization - how to optimize fridges to reduce food waste (and why it matters)

...global warming potential (GWP), which is a calculation that allows experts to compare the effects of any gas emissions to carbon dioxide. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in recent decades, methane has warmed the planet by as much 86 times more than CO2 . Topsoil, water, labor and energy is...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...global warming potential) Two sizes of water storage tank to better fit the needs of consumers High delivered water temperature (65° C) What we don't like about the SANCO2: That's a pretty easy answer - the price. The Vancouver distributor sells the outdoor unit for $3,227, a 43 gallon tank for $2,253 and t...