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 environmental impact of materials from cradle to grave. A concrete example: The Canadian Wood Council commissioned the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute to...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...lifetime than they will use. There are already many positive-production buildings with corresponding standards, but a Powerhouse certified building goes beyond energy performance and generation to include the full lifecycle. In short, the entire ecological footprint of the building, including embodied energy of buildin...

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 of buildings for several decades , particularly for certain materials such as the impact of structures built of wood versus steel or concrete . The life cycle analysis of a building assesses the potential environmental impacts of a building from start to finish. In the interests of completeness, t...

Natural swimming pool design (NSP) for eco homes
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 life (stationary and mobile) who keep your pool clean and clear. Natural pools are very appealing for swimming at home This is very appealing to many, ...

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, while integrative design, envelope commissioning, and acoustics are some of the new issues addressed within LEED v4. Projects now use the LEED rating system...

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 required for finishing. We would be remiss not to acknowledge the fact that fossil fuels are required for the burn process, but the ensuing lifespan makes that sa...

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 you have an abundance of such greenery. And an automated system such as this also means your plants won't die of thirst due to forgetfulness. Green walls f...

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

Award winning Net Zero Energy 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 members, or the current homeowners when their children and their families live in the home. Education and information sharing: We have opened up the home to the pu...

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 more affordable, and have some fun. Just buy raw 1x4 or 1x6 boards, run a quick router across one corner, a quick pass of a sander across them, and throw on a c...

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 mineral wool insulation, which has a high embodied energy but superior durability compared to many other insulation materials. It can also be easily disassemble...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...life. And the more complicated systems a house has, the more there is to go wrong. Systems like automated skylights, window shutters, garage doors and climate control systems can lead to convenience and home efficiency, but resiliency would mean working to ensure those systems continue to operate in the absence of powe...