Life cycle / Guides

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...life cycles. For a meaningful comparison, materials would need to be assessed as part of a lifecycle analysis (LCA) at a global level. An LCA considers the envi...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...lifecycle. In short, the entire ecological footprint of the building, including embodied energy of building materials and decommissioning at the end of its life...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...life cycle analysis For its part, the carbon footprint focuses only on the greenhouse gases (GHGs) involved in the life of a building . In short, it is an inv...

Natural backyard swimming pool design (NSP)
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...life: Plants, some insects, amphibians and other aquatic life are part of the ecosystem of a natural swimming pond . You end up sharing your swim with all the...

LEED v4
LEED Homes

What is different with LEED V4?

...Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declarations. There is a greater emphasis on performance, as reflected in water and energy metering requirements...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...life expectancy of shou sugi ban is estimated at more than 80 years when properly maintained. Life-cycle: Wood is a renewable resource and no chemicals are re...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...life cycle. Solid wood Pros: Very durable and it contains no harmful glues. With the most rudimentary of woodworking skills, you can make this slightly ...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...life and design perspective, these make for very cool living rooms. Having potted plants in a home makes it more welcoming and relaxing; a living wall ensures...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...life. This will help balance the added 'carbon' investment in terms of the embodied energy of building materials. For our building envelope we will use Roxul ...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...life cycle considerations: The home features a secondary suite that is currently used for student housing but in the future could be used for aging family membe...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...cycled materials, have no energy bills, use no fossil fuels, are passively heated and cooled and occupants live in harmony and balance with the earths natural c...