Sustainable architecture / Guides

Green building certifications

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

...sustainable design, architectural excellence and technical innovation. Awards are given at the discretion of the jury. All Awards have equal ranking [no First, Second or Third rankings]. ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS Winning submissions will be announced on June 4, 2013, at the CaGBC National Conference, and fully public...

Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

The U.S. Green Building Council and the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning released a landmark report Feb. 29 that describes how green buildings advance resiliency in disasters. “Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions”...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

Wood, steel and concrete each have specific structural advantages , each with their own characteristics. The following is a life-cycle comparison conducted by the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute (ASMI) of the materials only, and does not include any considerations of how they each affect thermal performance, va...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...Architecture + Design , and combined the context of the existing neighbourhood and Passive House principles. Details give a modern flare to the aesthetic while still achieving an extremely high level of energy-efficiency.Deep-set windows and doors are a result of wall thickness, and, simply through their inherent quali...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...sustainable systems integrated with as many low-cost passive sustainable strategies as possible. The project is part of an overall strategy to revitalize the urban fabric instead of razing it, creating livable environments for modern lifestyles in smaller footprints. Working within the existing shell, the Skygarden H...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...sustainable building materials , it's no suprise how popular these affordable prefab eco homes are. "Bâtiment Pré-Fab are delighted to be offering prefab homes at this level of Architectural and sustainable design: demand has never been higher! Our challenge is now to manage our growth to be able to meet the demand...

LEED Canada on the rise
LEED Homes

LEED Canada shows strong growth during summer of 2015 including first LEED® v4 certified project

...architecture and engineering, along with leading experts in the field of sustainable development to earn LEED’s highest level The iNova Credit Union in Halifax, NS, which certified LEED Silver. The goal of this project was to develop a space for the better serves employees and reduces environmental impact. Sustainabi...

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

The low carbon footprint of the S1600 kit house The Ecohabitation Eco-Habitat S1600 prefab kit home was designed by PARA-SOL Architecture & Development and built by Batiment Pre-Fab Inc. The experts of Ecohabitation recently calculated the total carbon footprint of this surprisingly affordable prefab eco home, which...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...Architecture grad student. Ben has come up with a Tiny House Design that in our opinion takes a big step closer to achieving one of the main goals of the tiny house movement; namely, being 'green'. The wall structure of Ben Hayward's 180 square foot tiny house is his own grid-like design of plywood, and is insulate...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...architecture, law, international sport and translation) to contribute to sustainable living and practices. Read more about home water efficiency , low flow showerheads , Greywater heat recovery and all you need to know about sustainable and high performance home construction in the building guide pages of Ecohome, No...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...architecture or building science, but I dabbled in researching the topic for a decade. I remember that I was absolutely inspired when I first came across some of the designs for highly-efficient homes from the 70's, especially some of the passive solar designs of that time . There were terms like Trombe walls, usage ...