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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...

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 ...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...your money on gas, oil or electricity to heat your home, your money will create jobs in the local construction industry, through material manufacturing and job creation for builders and general contractors. So, your local builders will have more money to spend on local businesses, just as will you have more disposable ...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...carbon and carbon-storage concrete solutions . There are many new innovations in concrete manufacturing in the pipeline that significantly reduce the carbon emissions; check whether any low carbon ready-mix concrete suppliers are available near you now , with luck they are already, and if not they may be soon. ICF wa...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...your personal carbon footprint, but one of the biggest impacts you can have comes from getting yourself out of your car. Reduced automobile use is one of the great benefits of increased urban density. It means easier access to the services you use, and it justifies improvements and expansions of public transportation. ...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...Carbon footprint calculator for materials One of the most exciting building tools we’ve found lately is the EC3 carbon footprint calculator . Programs like the ZNE mentioned above can really benefit from this, since, to determine the entire carbon footprint of a building from cradle to grave, you would need to know m...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...carbon footprint from transportation is quite reasonable given that it is light-weight and can be made very thin - so a lot packs into a shipping container. Cork panelling is hypoallergenic, warm to the touch, makes controlling dust & dustmites easy, and if you choose the right cork wall panels and install them with th...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...your personal carbon footprint if that's your thing. The economics of tiny houses: They will for sure cost you less than a 'normal-sized' house, but when you calculate it by square foot it's often double the price. You can build a house for plus or minus $200-250 per square foot, but tiny houses can easily creep up...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...carbon footprint also comes into play. But regardless of which green countertop you're considering, the final choice is going to come down to a combination of aesthetics, environmental performance and cost - and this is where identifying the best laminate countertops can help you find that find that sweet spot. So, w...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...carbon footprint. And, short of parking yourself on top of a compost pile and waiting to meet your maker, there is simply nothing you can do on this planet that will not, in some way, lead to environmental degradation. Every step you take wears out your shoes and every ‘save the whales’ sign you make uses cardboard a...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...your job is simply to cut the siding to length, paint the ends, and install it. A reputable company will give your siding a warranty up around 15 years, and potentially up to 30 years if you apply a coat of paint within that first 15 years. If you prefer to paint your wood siding yourself, it will be a lot easier (an...