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...

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...

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...

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles installation just got easier
Solar photovoltaic

Tesla solar roof gains ground with target of 1000 solar roofs / week

...life-cycle of a house. The Tesla Solar Roof powers your home but looks no different than other durable roofing materials. Further to that, a shingle roo...

LEED Canada on the rise
LEED Homes

LEED Canada shows strong growth during summer of 2015 including first LEED® v4 certified project

...life-cycle and an increased focus on the health and wellness of building occupants. LEED v4 Edelweiss House © Ecohome Amount of buildings Earning LEED C...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...life of a building, along with allowing the original moisture contained in building materials to escape without causing damage. Different types of insulation ...

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...