Sustainable building / Guides

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

Sustainable building practices create prosperous communities

...building and less waste ends up in landfill. Ms Madew commented: "But green buildings are not just good for the planet - they are good for people too. Sustainable buildings are boosting student test scores, accelerating patient recovery rates, improving worker productivity and slashing energy bills. These cla...

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

...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 local LEED...

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...

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

UBC Lab Exceeds LEED Platinum becoming one of North America's greenest buildings

...sustainable building in North America, a $37 million 'living laboratory' that will help to regenerate the environment and advance research and innovation on global sustainability challenges. The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) is one of only a handful of buildings worldwide that will provide ...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...building lot for a green home Finding the right building lot when building a new sustainable home is such a key element and yet often overlooked until it turns out to be an unattainable dream! We agonized over whether this should be our number 1 Top Tip on building a sustainable home - because without the right build...

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

Green Building is accelerating around the world

...building movement has shifted from “push” to “pull” and that by increasing the efficiency for energy, water and waste, green buildings can also lower building costs and create a building that holds its value for longer than comparable non-green buildings. Creation of Green Product Markets and Business Benefits As g...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...building must be designed for quality of life, taking care to ensure comfort, atmosphere and aesthetics Energy efficient: As heating and cooling are most often the largest components of the total energy consumption of a building, how energy efficient a building is largely depends on the buil...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...building a more modest-sized home. From there it takes a focus on an efficient envelope, by building better insulated and airtight homes. Better insulated homes need less heating Building a home to meet the basic energy performance of building code is like buying pants with holes in the pockets and watching all you...

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

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

...sustainable building , most of us will have financial limits that we need to be realistic about. This does not mean that building an efficient home has to be a costly and selfless gesture, in fact it is quite the opposite. A well designed high-performance home design will generally mean less money spent overall, not mo...

First Passive House in BC Whistler

B.C.’s First Passive House was built in Whistler in 2012.

...sustainable building features incorporated into the prefabricated design, which also meet requirements for Whistler’s Price Restricted House Initiative. “One of the major hesitations associated with ultra-low energy buildings is the construction costs,” said Alex Maurer, director of Marken Projects and a leading ex...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...Sustainable prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes with healthy interior finishing, you can always read more about Passive House certification in North America here , in the EcoHome Green Building Guides , from North America's favorite sustainable building website, EcoHome .