Health / Guides

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...health, it would also reduce your carbon footprint and the amount of pollution generated compared to choosing the most affordable materials you could find. Similar choices can be made with wood – you can use reclaimed barn boards, FSC-Certified lumber, or wood reclaimed from river bottoms as seen above. It will also ...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...health, and the air in homes can typically be up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air due to the amount of chemicals in building materials. As the market for healthier green homes grows, the demand for green building products increases, which naturally drives the price down. As a parting thought - another possib...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...healthy indoor air quality. Many building materials contain chemicals that are extremely harmful when inhaled and can lead to severe respiratory illnesses. Along with the health impacts for home occupants, chemical manufacturing can put production workers at risk, and results in environmental pollution of our air, la...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...health. Given that kitchens and bathrooms are the main source of humidity, we need to put extra thought into designing these rooms so they consume less, last longer, and help us maintain healthier homes. Durable water resistant surfaces will prevent damage and prevent mold spores from forming and affecting indoor air q...

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

...health effects for local residents. Plastic even finds its way into our oceans, harming marine life and disrupting carbon absorption from the atmosphere. In addition, food and other organic waste often end up in landfills or open dumps. As it decays, methane gas is released, which contributes to global warming. Anima...

Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...health problems - that's why we don't want mold in our basements! Specifically we can prevent damage to buildings and building contents in the basement areas, save money and avoid these potential health problems by controlling moisture, where humidity in the air condenses, and by so eliminating mold growth. Quick F...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...Health Canada recommend healthy Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for the short and long-term health of homeowners and their families. Beyond carefully selecting the materials in a kit home for a healthy interior air quality, we also need to maintain that quality by bringing in and conditioning the interior air in homes in an e...

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

...health implications of your woodstove will vary a lot depending on several factors - the quality of your stove, the moisture content of the wood you burn, the temperature you burn it at and where you are located. The first thing to do if you want to get the most heat from your wood and pollute the least is to weed out ...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...Health: Container houses may subject you to toxic substances, as it is hard to know what was previously contained in a container before you moved in. Pesticides, chemicals or other toxic materials may have left some residue behind, despite the best cleaning you can give it, and subsequently a healthy indoor air quali...

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...health, or how more insulation and improved windows can lead to lower energy costs. One example of a progressive developer is ParkLane Homes based in Vancouver, BC. ParkLane is going above and beyond municipal requirements while developing a 15,000 home development along the Fraser River over the next decade. The c...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...health for occupants, transportation and community connectivity. That's why a Powerhouse certified building may also carry another certification such as LEED if they really want to stand out as a leader in green building. However, this standard is not governed by a third party (as LEED is), because it was established...