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Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...reduced energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. “We used healing gardens, large windows with outside views, fresh and friendly colours, task and ambient lighting, earth-tone fabrics, and soothing textures like wood and stone to enhance the pati...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...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 transportation. Vancouver SkyTrain Efficient public transportation combined with the absence of a major automobile artery into th...

Grey water and heat recovery shower
Bathrooms

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...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...reduced energy costs are factored. What are RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates)? The primary objective of the renewable energy-generation market is, of course, to provide low-carbon energy to run our homes, businesses and communities. Born of that service, is a valuable by-product - Renewable Energy Certificates. ...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...reduced consumption. Energy efficient appliances and low-flow faucets reduce hot water requirements and LED bulbs and design for natural lighting keep the house bright with very little energy use. Off grid passive solar home side elevation © Craig Anderson Passive solar design in...

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...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...reduced resource-consumption during operation made this house a big news maker in its day, even earning it a spot on a Canadian postage stamp. It was innovative but not alone; the 90s was a time of low-tech and high-performance housing improvements, such as: low-flow faucets, highly-insulated and airtight building en...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...reduced home size. Smaller homes require less materials to build and less energy to operate. With a bit more thought and creativity on behalf of designers and builders, small homes don't always have to feel that way. Both the city and its builders should be commended for their efforts towards efficient living. The fo...

Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 3: All about off-grid power generation in off-grid homes

...reduced cost) of fixed panels is quite attractive. I would go so far as to say that if one is going to have stationary panels in the northern US or Canada on an off-grid home, that orienting them more for winter power generation is the best path to follow. Off Grid solar array includes steeply a...

Earth day celebrations for 50th Anniversary
Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...reduced pollution and reduced consumerism. So in a way, most of us are already participating by making fewer trips to stores, being more conscious of our personal resources by reducing waste and working from home which means driving less. The results, if you have not already seen, are nothing short of astounding. The...

4th generation blowing agents for spray foam
Insulation and soundproofing

New HFO blowing agents for spray foam will make it over 1,000 times less harmful to the climate

...reduced. We currently don't know of any manufacturers of XPS rigid panels that have committed to transitioning to HFOs, but we will update this article as soon as we find one. Until HFOs make it in XPS panels, we'd still recommend avoiding them whenever possible. Spray foam manufacturers that are switching to HFO b...