Sustainable buildings / Guides

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...buildings through sustainable practices in the building and construction industry. The pioneers behind the council were David Gottfried, a construction manager and real estate developer, Michael Italiano, an environmental lawyer, and S. Richard (Rick) Fedrizzi the president of Green-Think, a marketing and communication...

CaGBC, LEED green building trends
LEED Homes

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

...buildings are seeing significant dividends on their investments, including: 82% of building owners and developers reported decreases in energy consumption in their green buildings compared to similar buildings. 68% of building owners and developers reported decreases in water consumption in their green buildings....

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...sustainable & green countertops for kitchens & bathrooms , carrying out sustainable non-toxic green kitchen renovations or sustainable green building techniques in general, visit the EcoHome Sustainable Green Building Guide Pages here .

Why build LEED?
LEED Homes

Why build LEED?

There are no LEED certified builders, only LEED certified buildings. To build a home to LEED certification is something that is accessible to anyone, no accreditation is required to undertake the process. It is simply a matter of registering your project and successfully completing the requirements of the program. ...

Flooded streets impervious surfaces - Calgary Alberta
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

...Buildings and landscapes that are designed to manage precipitation onsite help relieve the burden put on stormwater systems and act to reduce the erosion of streams and rivers. Along with being a sustainable undertaking that benefits a city and the world at large, there are direct benefits realized by occupants of such...

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

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...sustainable and durable building will last longer, so its embodied energy is stretched over a longer period of time, effectively making it more efficient in this aspect as well. Sustainability is a fundamental cornerstone for buildings with high energy efficiency. The ratio between the energy consumed during the oper...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

Finding sustainable wood: We live in a country with over 400 million hectares of forest, so the supply is there; it's simply a case of properly managing it. That also means that when we cut one down, we should plant another. Wood is a renewable material, requires little processing and can almost always be purchase...

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...sustainable energy. The most important programs that emerged from the GEGEA were the provincial FIT and microFIT programs. While the larger FIT program is designed to target large-scale commercial energy producers such as the massive solar farm in Sarnia Ontario, the microFIT program is intended to encourage renewabl...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...sustainable approach is combined with common sense principles of site orientation, energy efficiency, ‘green’ materials , and healthy indoor air quality . A number of additions can be made to increase the sustainability factor once the FabCab is on site, including: Solar (photovoltaic, hot water, or both) , a green r...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

Vancouver has set a goal of being the greenest city in the world by the year 2020 . Some of the policies included in that plan are expanded public transportation, bike lanes, encouraging laneway houses for urban density and requiring all new civic buildings to be zero emissions. The city has also imposed upon itself...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find LEED certified building materials? There are no LEED certified materials, only buildings can be certified . There are certain products that can help earn LEED points by having passed other certifications e.g: FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) wood or EnergyStar windows. When can I advertise my LEED ho...