Green rating systems / Guides

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House ( See here for a more complete explanation about Passive House certification options in North America .) The carbon footprint of LEED Homes: While we were at it, we decided to have a look at the LEED criteria to see if it was feasible to achieve that certification as well. The LEED rating system is broken ...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces, or remain on any flat surface where it will simply pool up and be left to the mercy of a hot sun and the natural process of evaporation. Waiting for that to happen is a bit more speedy than watching grass grow, but not much. So aside from the ecological impacts that come with an impermeable world, you may need...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems home renovations and upgrades in the Ecohome Green Home Building Guide pages.

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...Greenwashing of Timber" accusation by Greenpeace Greenpeace released a report in a 2014 slamming the Forest Stewardship Council for standing by as FSC-certified loggers ravaged the Russian taiga , particularly the Dvinsky Forest, more than 700 miles north of Moscow. Greenpeace accused FSC-certified logging companie...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool are generally made of copper tubing on an aluminum plate with an iron-tempered glass covering, which increases their cost. In colder weather, glazed collector systems—with heat exchangers and transfer fluids—capture solar heat more efficiently than unglazed systems. Therefore, they can be used year-round in m...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification After all, the best way to make energy savings after properly insulating is by choosing & installing high efficiency home mechanical systems (air exchanger, appliances, heating, water heater and lighting) that are incredibly efficient to begin with. These are the building blocks of both PHI and PHIUS Passive...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...rating properly Sump pumps can on occasion suck up debris that can plug the intake or block the impeller, or the switch can malfunction, so they should be checked regularly to make sure they are operating properly. To see if your pump is working properly, either slowly pour water into the sump pit until the float a...

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row building rating system in Canada. In addition to LEED, the CaGBC also supports the Living Building Challenge, WELL Standard, Passive House Standard and EcoDistricts in Canada, and oversees the Canada Coalition for Green Schools. About the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) The U.S. Green Building Council (US...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...greenhouses would be fuel injection. I am ready to race any conventional heating system." - Michael Reynolds, Earthship Biotect . Thermal mass does store and release heat, but the magic happens by separating the interior and exterior environmental temperatures, not by joining them. He seems to have realized that now,...

LEED Silver mid-rise in Gatineau, QC.
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Sustainable building practices create prosperous communities

...Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), with its chief executive Romilly Madew explaining that such constructions are "simply better buildings". She revealed that Green Star-rated buildings produce 62 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than standard constructions and use 66 per cent less electricity. Meanw...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close Once a building envelope has been designed to keep energy consumption to a minimum, the energy efficiency of mechanical systems – heating, cooling and ventilation – become the next big design component that affects the total carbon footprint. Heating systems for this house are the choice of the buyer; in th...