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Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...building rating systems in Canada, and LEED platinum is the highest award. The living Building standard exceeds that. There are 7 components to the Living Building Challenge: site, water, energy, health, materials, equity and beauty. As of yet, no building in Canada has been able to succeed in all categories. When ...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...Living Building Challenge. What we have included here is only a brief overview intended to give you a taste of what lies ahead should you attempt the Living Building Challenge. For further information and an indepth look into the program, you'll need to familiarize yourself with the Living Bui...

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

UBC Lab Exceeds LEED Platinum becoming one of North America's greenest buildings

...building includes a green roof courtyard © Don Erhardt CIRS will be an international centre for research, partnership and action on sustainability issues, including green building design and operations, environmental policy and community engagement. Built to exceed LEED Platinum and the Living Building Chal...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

...challenged itself to design and build a living space with enough room for one person, that could be easily towed behind a typical 4-cylinder vehicle, and could provide its own water and electricity. Environmental sustainability is the foundation of the college curriculum, and REED students are interested in finding w...

CaGBC, LEED green building trends
LEED Homes

New report shows Canadian green building market growing steadily with owners seeing strong benefits from building green.

...building green is key to the creation of high performing buildings. 62% of the building owners, architects and contractors surveyed considered having a higher-quality building as an important benefit of green building. 73% of the firms that use a green building rating system report that better performing building...

Canada one of the top 10 countries building LEED homes
LEED Homes

The top 10 countries outside the U.S. certifying buildings with the LEED rating system

...building greener. The CaGBC reduces environmental impacts from the built environment through education/training, building certification, advocacy and information sharing. The CaGBC is the license holder for the LEED green building rating system in Canada. In addition to LEED, the CaGBC also supports the Living Building...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...Living Building Challenge: By far the hardest certification to achieve, the Living Building Challenge is for the hardcore green builder. This rating system comprises seven performance areas: Site, Water, Energy, Health, Equity, and Beauty. A 'living building' earns that title by generating all of its own energy and c...

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row

...building rating system in Canada. In addition to LEED, the CaGBC also supports the Living Building Challenge, WELL Standard, Passive House Standard and EcoDistricts in Canada, and oversees the Canada Coalition for Green Schools. About the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) i...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...building costs, which does not include finishing the inside basement walls, or building a floor on top of it. And if you remember the 'One-Tonne Challenge ' that asked Canadians to reduce thier carbon emissions by one tonne in a year, well this one move could offer you a century of success in that. It can also be muc...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house

ARE TINY HOUSES FOR SALE LOCALLY A GOOD CHOICE FOR A FIRST HOME?

...living in a Tiny Home caught my eye when I was deliberating how to possibly become ( gasp! ) a responsible homeowner. The Tiny House Movement has become a bit of a craze over the past few years in the US where I’ve been living, especially since reality TV channels started airing shows such as Tiny House, Big Living, ...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...living space (Treated Floor Area) in heating and cooling OR a peak demand of ≤10 W per square metre of living space (TFA) Primary Energy: Annual consumption in Primary Energy ≤ 120 kWh per square metre of living space (TFA) Primary Energy: Annual consumption in Primary Energy ≤ 120 kWh per square metre of living sp...