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How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...housing market with some really great new designs and innovations. If you are going this route look into a home that is at least Novoclimat certified (minimum 25% energy savings compared to conventional housing), you can even find LEED and Passive House pre-fab kit homes . There are two significant environmental be...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...housing. Tiny House living is a housing trend that has inspired radically scaling back home size, which is a very good thing. The average house size in the US is almost 2,700 square feet, and in Canada it peaked at about 2,200 square feet but has dropped in recent years. Today's houses are on average more than twic...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare? How could it be optimized?

...Housing Corporation (CMHC) as part of their Healthy Housing Design Competition. What was to be built was a three-bedroom semi-detached home on a small lot in downtown Toronto, And beyond its intention to have extremely healthy indoor air quality, it would have no connection to the electrical grid, municipal water sup...

House built by Matthew Smith of Mapleridge Homes
LEED Homes

LEED comes to the gatineau hills

...housing project in the Gatineau Hills of Quebec. Phase 1 will have 12 lots available, but the developer has 470 acres total on which he hopes to build about 100 leed homes. Lots will range from 1 to 2.5 acres, and have been laid out specifically for the passive solar orientation of homes. All lots will include deed...

The Fun Box
Tiny house

The Fun Box! Solar, wind and human powered luxury living

...housing and a keen problem-solving mind. The rising bed of the Fun Box is one of the more impressive small house features we have seen in a while, and best of all it can be done in less time that it would take to make it. Every kid's dream, the bed you don't have to make. Notable features: A king size bed and a...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...housing that promoted community engagement. New zoning regulations for these more modestly sized lots included maximum setbacks to keep homes closer to the street, garages set back rather than being prominent features on the front of the house, and homes needed to have front porches. These simple measures go a long...

Tiny Tack House living room
Tiny house

The tiny house movement: Tiny Tack House

...housing trend, on wheels or stationary. There is a certain freedom that comes with limiting your space and stuff, there's a lot less to worry about. And I guess in a way it can channel the inner kid in us as this would unquestionably be the coolest fort you have ever built. The Tiny Tack House is a tidy and efficie...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...housing options for people to live near employment areas, there is less pressure to develop valuable green space in more remote areas. FabCab didn't stop at environmental sustainability; they also strove to achieve social sustainability by designing highly flexible dwellings . From their website: "FabCa...

A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

...housing catastrophe that paints itself as a solution to the global housing and climate change crisis. Poppycock. The world is facing resource depletion and a climate crisis - so we need to keep our eye on the ball and be wary of well-intended designs that actually make matters worse. No one at an RV dealership is tel...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

There are 8 LEED categories with a total of 136 available points, and a minimum amount is required to achieve certification. This point threshold is determined by the size of the house compared to the amount of bedrooms. To encourage increased housing density, homes with more bedrooms per total square foot have lowe...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

LEED Platinum V4 Wall Design: Building Science The wall we designed for the Edelweiss house, Canada's first LEED Platinum V4 Home is best categorized as a 'REMOTE' wall, a high performance building envelope developed by the Cold Climate Housing Research Centre in Alaska. REMOTE stands for 'Residential Exterior M...