Green Housing / Guides

Habitat workers raise a wall at the the Red River Ex June 2011
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council announces affordable green housing program

...green building certification program, which addresses homes as well as a broad range of other building types. The first project to take advantage of the Affordable Green Housing Program is the Sir Sam Steele project, a group of 32 homes that have been built by Habitat for Humanity Manitoba with the assistance of loca...

Suzlon's LEED Platinum wind power living laboratory in India
Lifestyle and environment

Green Building is accelerating around the world

...Green Building Council and the U.S. Green Building Council, partnered to launch a study to help understand the trends in world green building today and how they have changed since 2008 when the first global green study was conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction (Global Green Building SmartMarket Report, 2008). This new ...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...Housing and Homelessness Strategy (July 2011) and the Mayor's Task Force on Housing Affordability, which call for expanding the Laneway Housing Program to other zones. By legitimizing this burgeoning underground housing movement, the city ensured both health and safety standards would be met, while increasing their t...

LEED Homes

LEED project eligibility

...housing (up to 3 floors) Multi Housing (4 to 15 floors) Townhomes Mixed use where more than 50% of the area is residential. In addition, it is expected that the commercial is performed according to the same ecological principles. Types of buildings that are not eligible: Renovations that do not include ...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...green home usually translates into financial savings and improved quality of life. And it all starts with a home of a reasonable size, in a reasonable location. A green lifestyle in the city Green lifestyle in the in the suburbs Moving to the country - rural lifestyle Choosing a home location: Being c...

Green building certifications

Got a Green Home You Want to Show Off? Nominate Yourself for an Award.

The Canadian Green Building Awards are open to anyone who thinks they have a contender. No certification is needed, all homes are judged based on their merits alone. Winners will receive national exposure through the CaGBC , SAB Magazine and ecoHouse Canada magazine . Winning builders will also walk away with seriou...

Tiny Houses encouraged Washington State for Affordable Housing WA
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Washington State promotes tiny homes & Eco-villages for Affordable Housing in WA

...housing, delivers more homes to those who still can’t afford what the market currently provides. And tenant protections which rely on legal housing safeguard those with the least housing security - including renters, insulating them from rapid change. Tiny Houses & the tiny home movement have a place in this & Washingt...

A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

...greenhouse. Without mincing words, my first thought is – you’ve got to be joking. Anyone who builds and lives in a tiny house, and wants a greenhouse for growing their own food is likely to be someone who leans towards wanting a green lifestyle; but this sure ain't it. Without a doubt this is super cute, and a real h...

A sustainably built, ultra modern and affordable tiny house
Tiny house

NOMAD Micro Home fuelled by crowd funding, takes green building world by storm.

...housing option for the largest portion of our society: hard-working individuals who can't make ends meet due to the high cost of living. Adding our pre-engineered green packages for solar energy, rainwater collection and grey water treatment can take NOMADs right off the grid." The folks at NOMAD Micro Home want to m...

Mineral wool insulation in roof by Rockwool - LEED Platinum V4
Roof assemblies - new construction

Mineral wool insulation in roofs by Rockwool

Mineral wool roof insulation used to best effect: Watch more Green Building Video Guides on the EcoHome YouTube Channel here The Ecohome's Edelweiss House LEED Platinum certified V4 roof is a 2/12 pitch insulated to R95 with Rockwool (formerly Roxul) mineral wool batts. R95 far exceeds the most rigorous Canadian...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...Green Homes Program here. This program gives you access to Desjardins' lowest mortgage rates, and you also get : up to $2,000 cashback to build a green home and $500 for green renovation projects a rebate on your home insurance your monthly plan free for 1 year free Home Assistance when you take out Loan Insu...