Green construction / Guides

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 ...

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...construction , stay tuned for more on the house that will be seated on it! For more reading and videos on pre-fabricated engineered insulated slab on grade form kits for problem soils like expansive clay see here , to read more about Passive House Certification see here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...green home construction? The difference between Polyiso, EPS & XPS foam insulation & styrofoam 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 ...

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...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

Vancouver has set a goal of being the greenest city in the world by the year 2020 . Some of the policies included in that plan are expanded public transportation, bike lanes, encouraging laneway houses for urban density and requiring all new civic buildings to be zero emissions. The city has also imposed upon itself...

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...

The Archipod
Tiny house

Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

...green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide or to learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership, see here .

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...construction, and even before getting too far into your building plans. While we are firmly in favour of slab-on-grade construction as a concept, we recommend carefully considering your options before moving ahead with any plans. There are many legitimate reasons to begin construction with a basement foundation: ...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...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 construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages ...

Net Zero Homes - Canada's first certified Net Zero House in BC
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...construction industry as a whole. A network of qualified service organizations, energy advisors and trainers is being established to work directly with the builders and renovators to design, model, test and inspect net zero homes, as well as deliver the required training for building significantly more energy efficie...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...greenhouse gas emissions and urban sprawl. That translates directly into cleaner air, more green space, and a genuine step towards limiting the impact of urban centres on our severely troubled climate. The inherent space limitations of backyard construction in dense urban areas brings another spinoff benefit for an e...