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Reduced carbon concrete Patio blocks and CMU
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

...Reduced efflorescence as it is less porous, and absorbs less water than normal concrete Stronger and more abrasive resistant than standard concrete Improved durability: more resistant to cracking due to the freeze/thaw cycle Compatible with unconventional aggregates and recycled glass Lo...

Exterior air barrier membrane © Ecohome
Air and vapour barriers

How to install an air barrier for reduced air leakage

Watch more green building videos on the Ecohome YouTube channel here The Ecohome Demo House has a vapour permeable exterior air barrier and with an ACH rate of .69 is many times more airtight than the average new home. Air leakage can be responsible for up to 1/3 of the total heat loss of a home and cause signific...

Ottawa Coach Houses with prefab modern tiny house kit homes are available here
Tiny house

Ottawa now allows backyard coach homes & high-end tiny house kits

...reduced home size that is happening across the country. Ottawa has long allowed secondary rental units in homes, but allowing the construction of backyard coach homes is new as of 2017. What's new since 2020 is that local prefab modern tiny house kit homes are available here that can be supplied prebuilt and finished, ...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...reduced heat loss over a poorer quality window, and with the right windows on the south side you can gain more heat in the daytime than they will lose at night. For how to choose the best windows for your house, see here . The Demo House has triple-glazed argon-filled wood frame windows from Quebec high performance w...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...Reduced material consumption: Timber frames use less wood than stud framing. Reduced waste: FabCab utilizes state of the art computerized cutting machines that minimize waste. This creates precise, high quality assemblies, and reduces delays. Energy efficiency: Plumbing lines can be roughed-in for optional solar wa...

Commuting after Lock-down in the new Covid-19 World
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Green commuting - getting back to work after social distancing is relaxed

...reduced consumption of fossil fuels, reduced air and noise pollution, and reduced traffic congestion. Bikes also lead to reduced financial costs to the user as well as to society at large, due to the negligible damage and wear they cause to roads and the smaller amount of road area they require. By fitting bike racks...

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

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

...reduced operation, maintenance and energy costs –and reap significant cost savings over the building’s project 100-year lifespan. CIRS’ 'net positive' environmental impacts: Energy: By capturing energy from the sun, the ground and the nearby Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOS) building, CIRS heats itself and returns...

Warm light and dimmable LED bulbs

All about LED bulbs - video

...reduced operational cost make them a smart choice all around. Read more about Ecohome's LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , Passive House contruction , Passive solar home design , home lighting design and anything you need to know about sustainable green home construction in Ecohome's green building guide pages.

Grey water and heat recovery shower

EcoVéa: recycled and cleaned shower water

...reduced to only 32 liters, wich is an economy of 66%. An extended shower would only have a marginal impact on the extra amount of water necessary, increasing the savings to 80% in the case of a 20-minute shower. Reducing hot water consumption naturally reduces the amount of energy necessary for its heating. Consequ...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...reduced ecological footprints, healthier indoor environments and offer 30 to 70% in energy savings over homes built to provincial & state code. Because it is the most well-recognized certification program, LEED homes can have access to reduced mortgage rates, reduced home insurance rates and often municipal tax relie...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...reduced our waste, as the wood order matched the requirements of the walls. Kott also provides Chain of Custody documentation for FSC certified wood (Forest Stewardship Council). FSC wood is guaranteed to come from sustainably-managed forests and offers additional LEED points. Delta Vent SA exterior air barrier ©...