LEED / Guides

Zero Carbon Building
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

...LEED rating system and its growth. Going forward, LEED is still a key focus for CaGBC. LEED provides a holistic assessment of the different interrelated aspects of green building, including health and wellness. What’s more, LEED v4 deals with GHG emissions more aggressively and comprehensively than ever before, inclu...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) reward homeowners and builders for creating homes that perform beyond those built simply to code. The city of Vancouver has taken a page from that book, and raised the bar on both commercial and residential buildings, requiring all rezoned building projects to receiv...

Wall assemblies - new construction

Wood framing

...LEED certification. Further reading on structures and material efficient framing techniques: About wood frame construction Material efficient framing

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

...LEED green building program, partnering to deliver LEED in Canada. To date, there are more than 5,300 LEED projects in Canada, amounting to more than 79 million gross square meters of space, making Canada the top producer of LEED projects outside of the U.S. “GBCI and CaGBC joining forces will help grow the healthy...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...LEED for Homes ready modern style tiny house prefab home kit - Le Refuge LEED, Passive House & Net Zero Energy ready prefab homes This architect-designed home has a contemporary, modern and minimalist style with an open-concept floorplan that includes large windows for natural lighting that can reduced heating co...

Aeratron AE2 ceiling fan
Ventilation

Ceiling fans and air circulation- video

...LEED v4 Platinum certified house . Video from the EcoHome Youtube channel, for help with building LEED high performance homes . Related topics: How heat pumps work Heat pump water heaters Ensuring indoor air quality From the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Habitat workers raise a wall at the the Red River Ex June 2011
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council announces affordable green housing program

...LEED Gold Certification from the CaGBC. They are now all occupied by very happy families. “Through the generosity and foresight of the Canada Green Building Council, we were able to take the LEED process through to completion,” says Sandy Hopkins, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Manitoba. “The energy and water efficiency...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...LEED Home: To put in perspective how easy it would be to cut our consumption in half, the Ecohome's LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House has low flow-faucets, toilets and showerheads and therefore consumes about 60% less water than a conventional home that size, and you have no idea that it's even happening! So how much ...

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...LEED for Homes program. Radon gas is the second greatest cause of lung cancer after smoking. Rather than using the typical 6 mil polyethylene as a sub-slab vapour barrier, we used a 10 mil barrier and a radon evacuation stack to lower radon gas levels in homes, research shows (see below) that thicker membranes offer ...

Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

...LEED credits support regional adaptation needs, such as enhanced water conversation in arid climates and water-sensitive regions. Demonstrating how consideration of climate resilience in buildings can increase the likelihood of achieving performance goals throughout the lifetime of a project. The National Leaders...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...LEED standards , and even turn-key prefab homes that have successfully achieved LEED Platinum certification . Pre-fab walls can seriously speed up the building process, and reduce waste as well. Simply find a quality manufacturer, and if you send them your plans, they send you completed wall sections including all your...