Project management / Guides

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...project water. Water must be appropriately purified without the use of chemicals. 6) Ecological water flow: One hundred percent of storm water and used project water discharge must be managed onsite to feed the project’s internal water demands or released onto adjacent sites for management through acceptable natura...

Durability Risk Evaluation Form
LEED Homes

Durability Risk Evaluation Form

Creating a durability risk evaluation and management plan means determining the specific risks and challenges your home would face - starting with the climate zone where you are building and moving on to building lot particulars. Two neighbouring homes will face many similar issues, but may have greatly differing ...

Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes priorities are not mutually exclusive." -Craig Fugate, Federal Emergency Management Agency The report, which identifies the deep synergies between green building and resiliency, advances several firsts in the field, such as: Examining the implications of climate change for green building and iden...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...project from the Canadian Green Building Awards: A commendable example of environmentally responsible densification that is both gentle in its addition of a secondary suite, and transferable in its use of off-the-shelf technology and local labour. The project achieves its net zero ambitions in a holistic way, explo...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...project is an ideal example of how existing inefficient and leaky buildings can be refurbished in a green way to support both the physical and psychological health of their occupants. Project Credits Owner/Developer: Ian Roland and Linda Rothstein Architect: Dubbeldam Architecture + Design General contractor: V...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important and the production of sustainable lumber and wood products via their "FSC wood certification labels". Their goal is to protect natural resources by promoting environmentally sustainable, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests, from which the majority of our lumber an...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites planning: Investigate and document local options for diversion (e.g. recycling, reuse) of all anticipated major constituents of the project waste stream, including cardboard packaging and household recyclables (e.g., food and beverage containers). Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) *Be sure to refer to ...

Indoor hydroponic vegetable garden
Food production

Growing food indoors

...Project, the BioCity system uses vertical hydroponics to grow plants indoors. As many of you know, the hydroponic cultivation of plants uses no soil, but instead a closed circuit water supply fortified with nutrients. Obviously, consuming homegrown vegetables can help lighten our footprint on the earth, but the...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home, and is an experienced green building project manager. JP – Patrick, please tell us about your business and what drives you . PR - I became aware at a very young age of the global environmental challenges we face as a society. I was raised to be very conscious of lifestyle, consumption, and the impacts o...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...project yourself as someone wise with your money who will be keeping a keen eye on the bills and the progress throughout the construction project, and who wants to get the ecological basics right as a priority. Project overruns in both material cost and labor are very common in green home construction and renovation ...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...projects . After bribing him with a free lunch, we met at a pub where he leaned back in his chair, exhausted, repeatedly mentioning he hadn’t seen his wife or kids in ages. His current Passive House projects were draining, he complained, because he had to constantly police his carpenters who didn’t want to bother with ...