Reduce your carbon footprint / Guides

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...carbon footprint and improving a building's comfort level. It may look easy to go buy some packs of rigid insulation panels down at the local hardware store and screw them to your walls, but unless you understand how your existing walls are built and how they "work" in terms of keeping moisture, heat and cold where the...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...your roof can reduce your personal energy consumption, but without home power storage you are still reliant on grid power. The latest lithium-ion technology in home batteries and power storage is still not terribly efficient, and so consequently, it is still quite expensive. The best lithium ion home batteries will r...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...your home, you should definitely consider a heat pump for your heating and cooling needs. How much sense it makes will depend on how well insulated your house is. In a super-insulated home a heat pump could provide all the heat and comfort you need, but in a house built to code you may need a backup. So as a homeowne...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...reduce 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 transport...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

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

...reduce 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 c...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...your particular material choice. If you choose lightweight, recycled synthetic gypsum board , low-dust drywall compound and zero-VOC paints , you will protect workers and occupants health, it would also reduce your carbon footprint and the amount of pollution generated compared to choosing the most affordable materials...

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...

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...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house

ARE TINY HOUSES FOR SALE LOCALLY A GOOD CHOICE FOR A FIRST HOME?

...reduce my carbon footprint? Static Tiny Homes (including THOW’s that don’t actually move) do have the potential to help you dramatically reduce your carbon footprint . Less space means that you don't need as much ‘stuff’ (which I am sure that we can all agree on we have far too much of), and you also consume less ene...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...your insulation on the interior, but to have a sufficient amount of it you would significantly reduce the amount of usable interior space. One option is spray foam, in which case choose CFC free spray foam options for a green build - or see here for how to choose the right home insulation . Stacked containers: It w...

Saving Energy in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Our Top Tips to Save Money
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Top tips for energy efficient swimming pools - reduce pool cleaning & running costs

...your pool will stay a lot cleaner, for longer, and you will avoid all the nasties such as dead bugs and bits of your garden floating around in there! Efficient pool filtration systems save energy Save electricity by making sure your pool filtration system works effectively and run your pool pump on shorter duration...