Reduction / Guides

Carbon Offset Schemes - Whale Poop leads Nature's Own Way
Lifestyle and environment

Save the Whale's (Poop) - Save the Planet !! (And $2m per Whale)

...reduction - who knew! Enjoying my jokes, or a serious calculation about the Carbon-Reduction potential of Whales? Let's say both - photo: Ralph Chami To set the scene, the podcast was recorded during a beautiful day out on Michael's small research boat in Mexico, when he and Ralph sat down to discuss the valu...

Reduced carbon concrete Patio blocks and CMU
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

...reduction in the total ecological footprint of conventional concrete, including 60 to 80% less water consumed. And what gives this product a huge advantage in the marketplace is that with lower material production temperatures, the manufacturing costs are actually lower. Just 30 Solidia Concrete blocks will absorb 22...

Zero Carbon Building
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

...reduction target of 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, saving 7.5 megatonnes of GHG emissions annually. Further reductions will come from our stock of existing buildings. This sounds like a big project with many facets. How have you organized it to achieve meaningful results? The first stage of this work involv...

LEED v4
LEED Homes

What is different with LEED V4?

...reduction of building carbon emissions and take a stronger stand on human health, more so than any previous version of LEED. Technical Updates and New Market Sectors Guided by a set of goals for what LEED projects should accomplish, LEED v4 includes a comprehensive technical update to the rating system requirements...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...reduction in the carbon footprint of a home is with the foundation, and whether you build above grade or below grade; we chose above. Choosing a slab on grade instead of a basement leads to a significant reduction in the use of concrete, as all the walls of the home are made of wood. The First S1600 house built was...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...reduction targets. That's a win, win, win hat trick. Despite the fact that better-insulated houses would mean more money for builders and owners, our shopping habits force them to build to bare minimum performance requirements to remain competitive, so we remain in a holding pattern where everyone the large energy pr...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...reduction as well as material reuse and recycling. Indoor Environmental Quality (21 points) There are upwards of 80,000 known chemicals in various household products, materials, finishes, and furnishings. The most commonly found contaminants in homes include formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, radon gas, mold, pet dande...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...reduction and energy efficiency , When you add it all up, the amount of heat generated by appliances and lighting can be like running a baseboard heater all summer long. It all boils down to one thing - the less heat you bring in, the less heat you have to either endure or extract. Pretty simple right? Read more ...

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change
Planning and Design

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

...reduction, which is essential in any discussion about green building or sustainability. Risk reduction and future-proofing homes Growing risk from storms is one factor, but it’s really compounding historical development patterns : Over centuries we have built near water, and cities continue to grow in these places....

Electric vehicle charging station
Commuting

Electric Vehicles getting help from the provinces

...reduction of cars on our roads. Even then, there are just too many people whose lifestyles and businesses can't function without a personal vehicle. Tesla EV super charger station in Montreal © Ecohome Electric vehicles (EVs) leave us with better air quality, they are relatively inexpensive to operate and price...

Passive House on a Budget - The Damn Near Passive house
Passive House

The Un-certified but 'Damn Near' Passive House.

...reduction in monthly outgoings, increased comfort and a reduced environmental footprint. The EcoHome Team decided to prove the point when we built the economical yet high-performance Edelweiss, which was the second certified LEED Platinum V4 home in the world and first in Canada (see here) and which coincidentally wa...