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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...

Reduced carbon concrete Patio blocks and CMU
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

...lower environmental footprint. Solidia’s concrete is formulated with less lime and is cured at lower temperatures than similar products - 1250° C kiln temperature compared to the usual 1450° C. Normal concrete production consumes an equal amount of water to solid material, which is necessary for the chemical reaction...

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...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...carbon concrete solutions coming to market, read more here. All your other building material selections contribute to your personal carbon footprint as well, so choosing greener insulation such as dense-packed cellulose , hemp , or mineral wool, and selecting foam insulation with lower emissions will reduce carbon pr...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...Carbon footprint of gabion walls Gabion walls really do have a significantly lower carbon footprint than a concrete wall . Taking into account the embodied energy for the carbon footprint of a 10 foot high wall through all stages of it's life (manufacturing, transport, construction and maintenance) - here are the com...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...carbon footprint of your home, with or without your own renewable power generation such as having solar panels on your roof . If you live near a windfarm, that's where most of your power comes from. If you live near a solar farm, or a hydroelectric station, same thing, you are powering your home with clean renewable en...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...your living space while water is heated simply means that whatever you use to heat the air in your house now indirectly heats your water as well. This changes the heat source of your hot water from being the hydro electric pole (or natural gas line) that feeds your house to being your air heating system, and this is ...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...your new space can be one of the hardest times to stick to your environmental convictions. When you are finally ready to move in, the temptation to zip over to your local Swedish box store and furnish your entire house in one shot is tempting to say the least. But that can unfortunately undo a lot of the efforts you ...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...lower fuel costs . Building Zero Net Energy homes is also a trending subject, and they are starting to become more common as societies transition away from carbon-based economies and heating with fossil fuels. At current market prices there is an argument that can be made that heating with gas is more affordable, and t...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...lower than your body temperature. By comparison, a typical natural gas furnace will generate heat at closer to 50 degrees Celsius, which is much more comfortable on a cold winter day. Some people find this lower temperature heat a little uncomfortable in colder weather, particularly in a poorly insulated house. So if...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...your heating system by default reduce it's carbon footprint. Electric heat sources: Heating with electricity is not defined by just noisy baseboard heaters or an electric forced-air furnace. The efficiency and BTUs delivered through electric radiators, furnaces, convection heaters or boilers for hydronic radiant fl...