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Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...construction. Diverting 96% of construction waste from landfill. Using fly-ash, a by-product of coal fired power plants, to reduce the amount of cement needed in the building concrete, resulting in a 20% reduction in carbon emissions compared to regular concrete. Extracting and manufacturing 26% of co...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...Green home Why we need to build green homes that withstand climate change events Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages or to learn more ...

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

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

...Green space is increased with the installation of green roofs , each with its own unique character and varying level of privacy. Each is enveloped in natural colour—green in the spring and summer due to plentiful trees and plant material, reds and yellows in the fall, and white and reddish-brown in the winter from the ...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...green home build Architect Designed Le Refuge modern green prefab kit home which is ideal for Quebec, Ontario, New York, Vermont, Main & New Hampshire Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide or to learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership, see her...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...construction, operation and demolition. The school, which is probably the greenest in the world, was designed using passive strategies such as a compact build volume and a thick envelope of exterior insulation. According to the Powerhouse Group website, the school requires less than a quarter of the energy used by a ...

Choosing a home and neighbourhood
Real estate

Shopping for a home? Some tips for finding the right house and neighbourhood

...Green space: Being close to parks and water ways Soil conditions and topography to avoid flooding Stay away from flood plains Backyard privacy and greenery Sun exposure: For interior quality of life, also for a garden if that's your thing. Community: Do you like the neighbours and community? Is it kid frien...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...green power. US homeowners can reduce their home carbon footprint by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), and Canadians can purchase green power through Bullfrog Power , a green energy broker. When you purchase what amounts to being 'green energy credits', what you are doing is paying a premium to ensure ...

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

UBC Lab Exceeds LEED Platinum becoming one of North America's greenest buildings

...green roof courtyard © Don Erhardt CIRS will be an international centre for research, partnership and action on sustainability issues, including green building design and operations, environmental policy and community engagement. Built to exceed LEED Platinum and the Living Building Challenge standards, CIR...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...green construction in 2020 , Dodge Data & Analytics just released the findings of a landmark study on prefab and modular construction . The Prefabrication and Modular Construction 2020 SmartMarket Report (download below) was published with the support of Bradley Corp., the Modular Building Institute, Pinnacle Infotech,...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...green home on a budget How to design a home that uses less energy Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages on North America's favorite green buildi...

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

...green food choices Guides for green lifestyle and environment choices Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .