Sustainable building materials / Guides

Zero Carbon Building
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

...building sector, in order to develop a Zero Carbon Buildings Framework, which was released in November 2016. The final Framework facilitates broad participation across a range of building types and sizes, provides a clear definition for zero carbon buildings, and establishes five key components for the evaluation of bu...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...Building Guides - North America's favorite Sustainable & Green Building Resource First published by our print affiliate Ecohouse Magazine. The author, Rob Bernhardt, is with Bernhardt Contracting in Victoria.

LEED Canada on the rise
LEED Homes

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

...building and LEED continuing to grow across the country and globally,” says Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the CaGBC. “Our national efforts are timely, and tie-in well to the Buildings Day that will be held at COP 21, supported by the World Green Building Council.” “This signals the key role buildings play in r...

The difference between air barriers and vapour barriers
Air and vapour barriers

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...Building practices should always be determined by the climate in which you are building. How water vapor travels: There are two main ways moisture will pass through your walls that you should be concerned about — air leakage and vapour diffusion. These are two completely different things, with two completely separa...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...Building Code for what it really is – the bottom rung of performance that must be achieved when building or renovating a home. In other words, it’s the worst house any builder is legally allowed to build. How’s that for some perspective on what building to code really means? Is insulating a building to code good enou...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house

ARE TINY HOUSES FOR SALE LOCALLY A GOOD CHOICE FOR A FIRST HOME?

...building materials for the home in which you live. I read one study that shows that if you downsized to a Tiny Home you would reduce your energy consumption by 45%. If you choose to design and build your own Tiny Home, you can make sure all the building materials you use are sustainably sourced too, for example using...

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...materials that can provide an air barrier aloith a thermal barrier while still allowing walls to breath and therefore not trap water vapour in your walls. A product has to be pretty sustainable for us to plug it; that said, we are fans of Excel II from Building Products of Canada Corp (BP). It replaces exterior sheat...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...Materials & Resources (16 points) During both construction and operation, buildings generate a lot of waste and use large quantities of materials and natural resources. The Materials & Resources category encourages the selection of sustainably grown, harvested, produced, and transported products and materials with a ...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...sustainable building materials, which also means that it can be specified and supplied as Novoclimat or Zero Net Energy Ready too. (If you're in a warm climate, take a look at these shipping container homes for inspiration instead.) Le Refuge - design, practicality, energy-performance & affordability in one home Th...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...sustainable building materials - which also means that it can be specified and supplied as Novoclimat or Zero Net Energy Ready too. (If you're in a warm climate, take a look at these shipping container homes for inspiration instead.) Le Refuge - Design, practicality, energy-performance & affordability in one home T...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...building, making that building better. See more about Passive Solar House Design here , to read more details about Passive House Certification & Design in North America see here , or for specifics about differences between PHIUS & PHI certification for Passive House see here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides -...