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Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

Bella Bella is a small community located on Campbell Island between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii. Approximately 90% of its 1,500 residents belong to the Heiltsuk First Nation. In 2004, a fire destroyed the staff housing complex at the RW Large Memorial Hospital, and Vancouver Coastal Health [...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...health , a good ventilation system is still preferable. If you have a natural cleaner recipe or home detox tip to share, tell us about it in the comments below! Find out other ways to maintain healthy homes and safe indoor air quality such as choosing safe paints , how to make your own natural paint , and learn abo...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...healthy. It has unique antibacterial properties because the ongoing oxidation of the linseed oil naturally inhibits the growth of harmful micro-organisms, making it the flooring choice of many hospitals and health care facilities. Also, marmoleum possesses naturally occurring anti-static properties. Because static ...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...healthy kitchens , Choosing eco-friendly and healthy countops and all about sustainable home construction, check out the Ecohome Green building guide, North America's trusted resource on green home building

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...Health Canada Along with removing contaminants from the air, there are health consequences from having either too much or too little moisture in our homes. There are bacteria, viruses, moulds and mites that will show up on either end of the spectrum if your air is either too humid or too dry. Somewhere in t...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II in Vancouver, BC
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) Measures the Environmental Benefit of the LEED Certification Program.

...health worldwide." Visit the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages to find out more about more about the LEED rating system , Passive House Certification , Net Zero Labelled homes and other certifications that can help make your home qualify for tax rebates and incentives . And take a tour of the first LEED V4 Platinum ...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...healthier indoor environment and greater satisfaction, health and comfort among occupants. Awareness & Education (3 points) The Awareness & Education category encourages builders to provide homeowners with the necessary knowledge to run the systems of their home properly, and publicly promote green building and the...

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...health, materials, equity and beauty. As of yet, no building in Canada has been able to succeed in all categories. When completed Peterborough will have a national showpiece in green home construction, the Endeavour Centre will have an entirely sustainable home to sell, and the students that built it will have certif...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

...health of occupants. According to the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), sewer backups and basement water damage are among the most common home insurance claims. A lower-maintenance and more reliable solution than a check valve has been developed by a Quebec company called Inflotrolix, with two products we'd like t...

CaGBC, LEED green building trends
LEED Homes

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

...healthy green buildings have," says Harvey Bernstein, Vice President of Industry Insights and Alliances at McGraw Hill Construction. "As research continues to demonstrate the value of these investments on companies' productivity and the bottom line, we think that occupant health and satisfaction is going to be an even ...

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...healthy alternative’ the same way that low-tar cigarettes are. So yes, they are 'healthier', but still dangerous. Zero VOC paints are commonly available now and come in all colours. Keep in mind that the pigments added to colour your paint will often contain VOCs so ask about that as well. You will likely spend a bit...