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Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...grow just as the frequency and severity of extreme heat advisories grows. The environmental impact and greenhouse gas emissions from home cooling systems is not limited to carbon emissions from the energy they use. Air conditioners and heat pumps contain fluoridated gases, which have a heavy impact on climate change....

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...grow hearty drought resistant plants like thyme, rosemary, or chives on them. Cons: They are heavier than a conventional roof and may require structural reinforcement, and due to soil depth they don’t facilitate growing vegetable gardens. Lifespan and cost: You can expect them to last 50 years or more if installe...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment - leaving on a bathroom fan, stove hood or central vac will depressurize a house; if your house is fairly airtight you may find more smoke coming into the house if you have the stove doors open at those times. Burning wood at the right temperature: The temperature that you regularly run your stove at is a big...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate for growing vegetables for their own consumption such as tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbages, etc. Total material cost: $2500 total for both greenhouses - see choices for greenhouse materials here Irrigation system: The greenhouse used for food production has an irrigation system with water pumped from a nearby...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction gas emissions than that of wood. In effect, building with wood is a measure that can help combat climate change, provided that an equal amount of new trees are planted. By capturing the carbon around them and converting it into oxygen (the process of photosynthesis), trees help to reduce greenhouse gas emission...

Dirrtt Environmental Solutions, Green Wall
Lifestyle and environment

Green Business Certification Inc. and Canada Green Building Council Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

...grow the healthy building movement by bringing health and wellness into Canada’s indoor environments through the WELL Building Standard,” said IWBI Founder Paul Scialla. “With this agreement, we see tremendous opportunity for the wellness, sustainability and real estate communities in Canada to come together to support...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...grown accustomed to seeing them and think nothing of it, but they don't grow by themselves - they are cooked up by the heat leaving your house - and ice in a roof, known as ice damming, is problematic and should be fixed . An airtight and well-insulated building envelope will have no icicles whatsoever . Roofs in w...

LEED Canada on the rise
LEED Homes

LEED Canada shows strong growth during summer of 2015 including first LEED® v4 certified project gases generated overall. This role is being acknowledged internationally at the Conference of the Parties (COP) 21 meetings in Paris on Dec. 3, when leaders will, for the first time, dedicate an entire day to addressing how countries can work to reduce the carbon footprint of their buildings. “This has been a s...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass smell like an old barn in the Sottish Highlands during prolonged rainy weather. That....would be noticeable. (unless of course using an actual cleaned and manufactured natural wool insulation product which is now possible.) There are some like celllulose and wood fiber panels that have been around for awhile, b...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...growth first – but we’ve also seen it behind wardrobes and furniture where air doesn’t circulate as freely so the drywall can’t dry out. Mold can grow on virtually any organic material as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that grow on: Wood Paper Carpet Food Insulation Because m...

CaGBC, LEED green building trends
LEED Homes

New report shows Canadian green building market growing steadily with owners seeing strong benefits from building green.

...growth over the next three years, with surveyed Canadian firms expecting to grow their green practices from one third in 2014, to one half by 2017. These findings are part of a new report prepared by McGraw Hill Construction and commissioned by the Canada Green Building Council. The report, titled Canada Green Building...