Green construction / Guides

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

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...construction - especially if choosing carbon negative concrete CMU blocks using Carbicrete and also low-carbon concrete from CarbonCure . Steel stands out for its speed and efficiency in construction. It's relative light weight and ease of construction allows for a workforce about 10 to 20% smaller compared to a simi...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...greenery. And an automated system such as this also means your plants won't die of thirst due to forgetfulness. Green walls for living rooms © The Bahia Studio A living wall (also known as a green wall, plant wall or vertical garden) is not a cheap feature to add to a home, but it can have a positive function. ...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...construction has been completed. Using solid wood materials rather than composites like MDF (medium density fibreboard) for finishing trim will mean less dust during construction and it will eliminate future off-gassing. Read more here about choosing non-toxic building materials to protect air quality . Buy pre-fin...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...green space and environmentally sensitive areas by slowing urban sprawl. Sustainable Sites (22 points) Any new construction will have an ecological impact. This category seeks to limit that impact on the building site, as well as the surrounding environment and waterways. Points are awarded for responsible site s...

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

...Construction Calculator EC3 tool by Skanska at Greenbuild, November 19-22, 2019 in Atlanta, GA simplifies this complex problem, giving construction professionals the information they need to make more informed decisions on embodied carbon, allowing them to enact positive change. The EC3 tool: reduce the embodied carb...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...green homes grows, the demand for green building products increases, which naturally drives the price down. As a parting thought - another possible downside to be aware of, are 'eco-friendly' building materials that are maybe just a little too 'out there'. Some green building pioneers may perhaps go a little too far ...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...Construction Bernhardt Contracting Photos Ryan Hamilton Materials Wood-frame construction with ICF foundation and EPS insulation under slab , mineral wool and cellulose insulation. Exterior window shades, and PV array on roof . The high performance HRV is a Zehnder Novus 300, High performance windows are mad...

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

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

...green building techniques here : Backyard coach houses The laneway house movement Container houses - Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly? How to build a green house in a cold climate Growing food in small spaces Find more about green home construction in the EcoHom...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...green countertops for kitchens & bathrooms , carrying out sustainable non-toxic green kitchen renovations or sustainable green building techniques in general, visit the EcoHome Sustainable Green Building Guide Pages here .

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...Green roofs- intensive and extensive: Green roof © Ecohome An intensive green roof, also known as a ‘rooftop garden’ refers to planting areas that have a depth of 6 inches and up. Deeper soil supports a greater variety of plants such as vegetables, shrubs and even small trees. Extensive roofs are designed pri...

Shipping Container Homes in a Warm Climate might be a good option
Tiny house

Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates

...green home build Resilient design features for new home construction 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 here . Credit for photos to the owners, if you might be interested in ren...