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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.

...system 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 Pl...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...home makes it more welcoming and relaxing; a living wall ensures you have an abundance of such greenery. And an automated system such as this also means your plants won't die of thirst due to forgetfulness. Green walls for living rooms © The Bahia Studio A living wall (also known as a green wall, plant wall or ...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...homes and buildings report growth in interest 2020 How to stay on budget when building a home Tips for a successful green home build Resilient design features for new home construction Are shipping container homes good or bad? Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Bu...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Project Canada
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...homes reaching net zero energy performance in Canada, and to pilot the next generation of NRCan’s R-2000 Standard and EnerGuide Rating System in net zero energy applications. Drawing on NRCan’s national systems and infrastructure - including its certified energy advisors, certification process and quality assurance p...

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

...systems. ( 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 ...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...homes in California wildfire zones. To read more about ventilation in Green homes see here , or specifically everything about HRV & ERV systems see here , and to learn why it's a bad idea to put central air conditioning in modern homes with a vapor barrier, see here - from the EcoHome Green Building Guides Whate...

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...home is a good thing because they'll know and understand the importance of the finishing details essential to a high-performance home. There are no certified ‘builders’, only certified buildings; Any builder who has successfully navigated a performance-rating system would be knowledgeable in the area of green home ...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...homes. Whether or not a material qualifies as a vapour barrier is determined by the amount of moisture that passes through it, and it is given a rating. Any material that allows less than 60NG (nanograms) of moisture to pass through under specific conditions, is considered a type 9 residential vapour barrier by the N...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...homes and resilient homes , then the total carbon footprint also comes into play. But regardless of which green countertop you're considering, the final choice is going to come down to a combination of aesthetics, environmental performance and cost - and this is where identifying the best laminate countertops can help ...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...home for as long as your home stands, especially if the relative humidity and natural (air leakage) ventilation in the home means that ground floor rooms are less humid than the basement. All that ground moisture will be continually sucked into the concrete and will then often cause fungus and mold issues in your batt ...

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

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

...rating tool, yes . The Certified Wood pilot ACP is being used to test new ideas before they are fully integrated into the LEED rating systems . Builders and architects using certified wood and paper products from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), American Tree Farm System (ATFS), Canadian Standards Associati...