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UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

UBC Lab Exceeds LEED Platinum becoming one of North America's greenest buildings

...net positive” benefits to the environment. It reduces UBC ’s carbon emissions, powers itself and a neighboring building with renewable and waste energy, creates drinking water from rainwater and treats wastewater onsite. The CIRS building includes a green roof courtyard © Don Erhardt CIRS will...

Zero Carbon Building
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

...Net Zero Carbon Buildings Summit on May 30, 2017 in Vancouver, being held in conjunction with our annual national conference, Building Lasting Change, which runs from May 30 to June 1. With the Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative is the CaGBC moving beyond its main role as the representative of the LEED rating system in...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

Powerhouse is a new building standard that originated in Norway, one that certifies buildings that produce more energy over their lifetime than they will use. There are already many positive-production buildings with corresponding standards, but a Powerhouse certified building goes beyond energy performance and genera...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...Net Energy ready kit homes sector in Quebec, Ontario and North Eastern US States such as New York, Vermont, Maine or New Hampshire. What is driving building professionals to prefab & modular construction methods? Trends in the construction industry, such as shorter project schedules, sustainable construction practi...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...Positive Energy Buildings , Living Building Challenge (LBC) rating or Net Zero Energy or ZNE labelled homes are the future for efficient & resilient construction. Increased durability and performance measures may add some upfront costs to a building project, but as they can help save on operational and maintenance co...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...positive impact on the kind of energy that is supplied. Note - watch for a change in the economics of rooftop solar in the coming years as PV solar shingles such as the Tesla Solar Roof may actually be the cheapest roofing material over the lifespan of a building when reduced energy costs are factored. What are REC...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

This article was inspired by a podcast I heard at Positive Energy, where I have yet to hear a podcast that I didn't want to listen to a second time, so check them out if you're like me and you think listening to building science makes mundane tasks like folding laundry a joy. This particular episode was about phase ...

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row

...positive bottom lines." Canada retains its spot as the top country for LEED for the second year in a row. The Canadian government names buildings as the fourth leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions in the country, contributing 12 per cent of the country's overall emissions by sector. Emissions from the Canadian b...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...Network is all about.) With this aim, recent years have seen a growth in sustainable green building certifications and programs , such as LEED , Passive House and Zero Net Energy , though the trend was led by improving building efficiency in homes once constructed – better insulation , better air-tightness , more eff...