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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 footprint in the built environment in the quest for zero carbon homes - and now a Canadian company may have the answer with a carbon-sequestering concrete system that appears to have the attributes ideal for general use across all building sectors, and that is gaining fans in the green building community. ...

Hemp fibreboard and Hemp insulation - the Green Building choice
Wood and organic materials

Hemp building supplies

...lower weight. The hemp boards currently being manufactured by Sunstrand are not structural, though the potential is there for the future. At present, boards can be used for a wide variety of applications including molding, cabinetry, shelving, furniture, and when properly sealed can be used as tables and counter tops...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...lower energy bills. 1. Choosing an Entry-level window; e.g. aluminum frame w/o thermal break. High SHGC. 2. Choice of a High quality double pane or mid-level triple pane glazing. SHGC > 0,6. 3. The Difference choosing a Very high quality triple pane glazing and frame, entry-level Passivhaus certif...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...lower end units with 30’ angled side panels (one opening) 1 lower microwave unit with 2 drawers 1 blind corner sink unit 1 five-drawer unit (two top drawers side by side, three below) 1 three-drawer unit 1 single-door unit with two sliding shelves inside 1 @ 8” deep pantry with two doors (depth of which the...

Zero Carbon Building
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

...lower-carbon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings in support of Canada’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. CaGBC believes that a zero carbon approach to new construction can play an important role in meeting Canada’s GHG reduction target of 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...lower load on the aircon unit, also saving money. The images below simulate an exterior temperature of 0 °C and an interior temperature of 20 °C, with a triple pane window. In the first diagram the window is installed flush to the exterior of the insulated wall, with a heat flow of 7.9W. The second diagram indicates ...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...lower the number, the slower it transfers heat, so low numbers are what you are looking for. A U-value is the inverse of an R-value, so the kind folks in the window industry have come up with equivalent R-values to simplify things for us. So don't tax yourself by trying to figure out both. The higher the R-value numb...

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...lower maintenance lawn as well as: Fescue Flowering meadows Asian star jasmine Barberry cotoneaster There are many ground coverings that are resistant to drought and soaking from storm water, many that can adapt to different types of soil (dry, wet, rocky), and those that require little or no maintena...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...lower temperature at night) and the occupancy rate (lower temperature in the middle of the day). The savings for electric heaters can mount up to 10% of heating bills according to studies in Canada (Hydro-Quebec) for an average-sized house. This is because by keeping the temperature more constant, electronic thermost...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...lower than the posted 5-year fixed mortgage rate. In addition, when you buy CSA® approved solar panels or make ENERGY STAR® certified purchases, TD offers a cash rebate of up to 1% on the cost of a mortgage, or on the fixed portion of your Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC). They also make a $100 donation to TD Friends...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...lower your indoor (and body) temperature, potentially turning an otherwise sleepless night into a restful one. The less heat we bring into our homes, the less heat we need to eject towards our neighbours house, so we all benefit in the end. And as always, if you have any refreshing tips of your own, please share below!...