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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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

...your comfort and save money on your energy bill (must be combined with another retrofit) Maximum Grant Amount: Up to $50 More efficient Heating like Heat Pumps Make the switch to more energy-efficient heating equipment to save on your utility bill and reduce your carbon footprint Maximum Grant Amount: Up ...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...your house large, medium or small? Is it pretty airtight or pretty drafty? Will your wood stove be the main heat source or just supplementary? Is your house poorly, moderately or super-insulated? Since there is no way for a wood stove manufacturer to know how well-insulated or airtight your house is, square footage a...

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...