Sustainable Green Building / Guides

Habitat workers raise a wall at the the Red River Ex June 2011
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council announces affordable green housing program

...green building certification program, which addresses homes as well as a broad range of other building types. The first project to take advantage of the Affordable Green Housing Program is the Sir Sam Steele project, a group of 32 homes that have been built by Habitat for Humanity Manitoba with the assistance of loca...

Green building certifications

Got a Green Home You Want to Show Off? Nominate Yourself for an Award.

...Green Building Awards recognize excellence in the design and execution of Canadian residential and non-residential buildings of all types, including new construction, existing buildings, renovations and interior design projects. CATEGORIES There are two main categories: Residential projects that fall within Par...

LEED Silver mid-rise in Gatineau, QC.
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Sustainable building practices create prosperous communities

...Green Building Week was greener buildings, better places, healthier people, which highlighted the need to create a more sustainable environment for future generations. Green building councils representing 98 countries attended the event, which is now in its fourth year. Follow Hutchinson Builders on twitter @hutchies...

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...green building rating systems in Canada, and LEED platinum is the highest award. The living Building standard exceeds that. There are 7 components to the Living Building Challenge: site, water, energy, health, materials, equity and beauty. As of yet, no building in Canada has been able to succeed in all categories. ...

Suzlon's LEED Platinum wind power living laboratory in India
Lifestyle and environment

Green Building is accelerating around the world

...Green Building Council and the U.S. Green Building Council, partnered to launch a study to help understand the trends in world green building today and how they have changed since 2008 when the first global green study was conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction (Global Green Building SmartMarket Report, 2008). This new ...

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row

...Green Schools. About the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust e...

LEED for homes rating system.
LEED Homes

What is LEED?

...buildings and homes administered by the CaGBC (Canada Green Building Council) to encourage sustainable building practices. While the commercial program has been in effect for much longer, LEED for Homes Canada was developed in 2009, and applies to single-family homes and low-rise multi-family units up to 3 stories. M...

Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

...green buildings advance resiliency in disasters. “Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions” describes potential adaptive strategies available to green building practitioners. These strategies add an important new dimension to the green building industry’s long-s...

Radiant floor tube installation
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor tubing installation video

...building on soft soils , and anything else about sustainable green home construction in Ecohome's green building guide pages.

Aerial view of BRE Innovation Park Living City Campus
Lifestyle and environment

Seven experimental homes being built at the Living City Campus North of Toronto

...Sustainable House (ASH) . The twin houses act as a living laboratory with more than 400 calibrated sensors that monitor the performance of the buildings' systems. ASH will now be joined by a small subdivision of experimental houses to further facilitate research into green building products. “Each of those new building...

CaGBC, LEED green building trends
LEED Homes

New report shows Canadian green building market growing steadily with owners seeing strong benefits from building green.

...green. Survey respondents also recognized that building green is key to the creation of high performing buildings. 62% of the building owners, architects and contractors surveyed considered having a higher-quality building as an important benefit of green building. 73% of the firms that use a green building r...