Low Carbon / Guides

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...lower carbon. ” We say if CarbonCure low-carbon concrete is available near you, and you're building eco homes or buildings, especially those with a slab-on-grade foundation or basement, consider seeing if you have local suppliers of this innovative low carbon concrete solution and give them a chance to quote for your...

Commuting after Lock-down in the new Covid-19 World
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Green commuting - getting back to work after social distancing is relaxed

...lower top speeds, most state and provincial laws consider e-bikes no different that standard pedal bikes. Read more about choosing the right E bike below. Ebikes are a good option for commuting short to medium distances but think to wear protective gear folks Are Electric scooters legal? Electric scooter la...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...lows air flow through walls making your house cheaper and easier to heat and cool. In addition, the high density of packed cellulose provides you with a better sound barrier than batt insulation (1). Modern CFI production began in the 1970s and has been commonly used in roofs across the globe and walls throughout the...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...carbon impact figure for each building category. As shown below, the impact in terms of carbon emissions varies greatly depending on the material selected. Try the free online carbon calculator tool from Skanska here. Carbon reduction strategies and natural building materials The basis of a low-carbon home design s...

Patio stones with very low greenhouse gas emissions
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

...carbon dioxide to form calcium carbonate (CaCo³) and calcium silicate (CaSiO³) which acts to harden the blocks. The reaction occurs in a closed chamber at a moderate temperature (60° C or lower) and at ambient pressure. Solidia’s concrete also hardens in less than 24 hours compared to conventional concrete, which takes...

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

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...low-carbon concrete from CarbonCure . Steel stands out for its speed and efficiency in construction. It's relative light weight and ease of construction allows for a workforce about 10 to 20% smaller compared to a similar concrete-based structure being built. Steel structures also have excellent durability. Wood is...

Plastic in landfill
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Turning Waste Plastic Into useable Fuel

...low sulphur fuel requiring no further refinement. Breaking down at various purities, this low-emission processing technique delivers predominantly heating oil and diesel transportation fuel, but has a use for all its by-products including running the processor itself which uses its own off-gases as fuel (approximatel...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...lower your carbon footprint and build sustainable and energy efficient homes in the Ecohome Green Home Building Guide and in the pages below: Compare the carbon footprint of wood v steel v concrete buildings Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home...

Carbon Offset Schemes - Whale Poop leads Nature's Own Way
Lifestyle and environment

Save the Whale's (Poop) - Save the Planet !! (And $2m per Whale)

...carbon reduction, carbon sequestration & carbon offset schemes are becoming big business as cities, states and countries scramble to meet carbon reduction goals. If Chami & Fishbach have their way, these leviathans of the ocean may constitute a giant natural carbon offset business opportunity! Any schemes to increase...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...carbon emission targets? There's another indirect benefit that could come from these tax credits - less energy leaking out of our houses means less fossil fuels need to be extracted from the ground and burned, and less carbon is released into the atmosphere. This is not to suggest that insulating a few attics will stop...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...low. Gramitherm Natural Grass Insulation Batts and Rigid Boards Carbon capture & storage with building materials Where most building materials have a ‘carbon footprint’, meaning the amount of embodied energy required to extract raw materials and manufacture products , some natural building materials, like the...