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Green building certifications

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

...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 Part 9 of...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...building material. And if you live within 2400km of Saguenay, you can get a black, grey or charcoal counters now and still get that last crucial LEED point. For more on how to build healthy kitchens , Choosing eco-friendly and healthy countops and all about sustainable home construction, check out the Ecohome Green b...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...building on infill lots which serves to protect green space and environmentally sensitive areas by slowing urban sprawl. Sustainable Sites (22 points) Any new construction will have an ecological impact. This category seeks to limit that impact on the building site, as well as the surrounding environment and waterw...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...building challenge? The Living Building Challenge is the most rigorous and comprehensive of all building rating systems. Performance requirements include net zero energy, water and waste, measured after a full year of operation only. LBC is broken down into 7 performance areas, which are then subdivided into a total ...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...Sustainable Sites) that cover a much broader spectrum of the building process than Passive House’s narrower focus on the building envelope and its performance. LEED V4 performance categories LEED is essentially a rating system based on points that determines which level of certification a building earns- Certif...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...Building Design and Construction (BD+C), Interior Design and Construction (ID+C), Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M), Neighborhood Development (ND) and Homes (under LEED v4). Where can I buy FSC certified wood products? FSC certified products can be found at many major home improvement stores and building su...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...Building America marine climate corresponds to those portions of IECC climate zones 3 and 4 located in the “C” moisture category. Building America and IECC Climate Zones The table below shows the relationship between the Building America and IECC climate zones . Building America IECC Su...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...Sustainable Sites’ rewards homes for erosion control, limiting developed areas, storm water management and other key issues that reduce the impact on the surrounding ecosystem. LEED certification is easiest to achieve in the city due to rewards for proximity to public transportation and other services. A LEED certifi...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...building enclosure. 2.2 Durability managemen t: The builder must have a quality management process in place to ensure all durability measures have been successfully met. Sustainable Sites (SS) 1.1 Erosion controls during construction: Prior to construction, design and plan appropriate erosion control measures...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...buildings (between 5 and 10 stories), encouraged by changes in building code in relation to timber use in tall buildings, are now starting to pop up all over the world with over 500 mid to high rise timber buildings under construction across Canada alone in 2019-2020. OSB exterior sheathing with foam attached © Eco...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...sustainable building material. As it is a newly emerging raw building material, no market for recycled materials has formed, but the materials are recycleable and reusable. Read more about hemp insulation. R value of Hemp : about R3.5 per inch. Pros: Hemp acts as carbon storage, it is renewable and non-toxic. Hemp ...