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BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...LEED certification standards , or Passivehouse certification in North America , which already means building to a much more efficient and sustainable standard. Overall though, as a builder or general contractor your job won’t actually be that much different - get plans passed, follow them, build better. The key will be...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...LEED is the most comprehensive and versatile home rating system, and consequently the most recognized. LEED promotes sustainable building practices through material selection, responsible site management and design. LEED homes generally have reduced ecological footprints, healthier indoor environments and offer 30 to 7...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...LEED certification, there are points waiting for you when you build permeable hard surfaces, but also for choosing lighter coloured stones. Stones are rated with the solar reflectance index (SRI), which is a measure of the ability of a constructured surface to reflect solar heat, measured on a scale of 0-100, with 0 be...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...LEED rating system you will see references to 'drought resistant ' and 'native species ' in terms of landscaping. Water is a quickly dwindling resource and Canadians and Americans are the highest per capita consumers of water in the world. So anything we can do to reduce water use for decorative purposes has to be a ...

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

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

...LEED to Passive House. Buildings certified to Passive House require up to 90% less heating and cooling energy than an average building. The Bella Bella project was seen as an opportunity to put this change into practice. An RFP (request for proposal) was issued for a design/ build contract, including a basic program,...

Shipping Container Homes in a Warm Climate might be a good option
Tiny house

Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates

...LEED certification or Zero Net Energy due to their outstanding performance. Now you know more about these beautiful shipping container homes designed for warm climates :- Find more pages about Tiny Houses and resilient green building techniques here : Affordable modern prefab green homes for cold clim...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...LEED certified Homes, see here Canadian distrubution: Lunos Canada

Installing soundproofing batts in interior partition walls
Insulation and soundproofing

Soundproofing interior walls-video

...LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , we installed soundproofing batts in the interior partitions and for the mechanical room, we added soundproofing batts along with resilient channels and 2 layers of 5/8 drywall. More on soundproofing: Understanding sound transmission in buildings Controlling sound transmission ...

Installing recycled drywall in the Edelweiss House
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Choosing the best drywall - video

...LEED Platinum certified Edelweiss House , we used CGC Sheetrock® Brand Ultralight gypsum panels for an easier build and a lower carbon footprint. It's lightweight, made with synthetic gypsum and has recycled paper on both sides. In addition, we used CGC Dust Control® Brand Drywall Compound which meant we were exposed...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...LEED for Homes certification exists. To get a point for buying local, LEED has a limit of 800km by truck or 2400km by rail or water for the transportation of building materials. This can serve to limit material choices somewhat, Italian marble for example won't win you any points. This new Cambrian Black granite qu...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...LEED & Zero Net Energy Homes How Heat Pumps work in Passive House, LEED & Zero Energy Homes Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home? And to see more guide pages in the EcoHome Green Building Guides for Sustainable Buildings - Click Here ...