Sustainable communities / Guides

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

Sustainable building practices create prosperous communities

...sustainable development leaders from all over the globe. The aim of the event is to demonstrate how sustainable buildings play a role in improving communities - this can be achieved through making them more productive and empowering them to bring about change. The GBCA was actively involved in the initiative, helpi...

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...communities are connected to balance energy loads between commercial and residential buildings. Because commercial buildings generally draw more power during the day and residential use tends to increase in the evening, this results in systems that can run closer to their ideal output, therefore energy is generated and...

Wind turbine © Jinterwas, Flickr
Lifestyle and environment

Clean energy infrastructure and efficient-housing for Canada's Indigenous communities

...communities and peoples. We are Facilitators, Collaborators and Team Builders openly sharing our knowledge and know-how with Indigenous communities to strengthen capacity and leadership skills. Our eyes are on the end result: clean, sustainable clean energy projects for all. All are encouraged and welcome to contribu...

Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

...communities. "In the wake of last year’s disaster activity, with tornadoes across the southwest, flooding from Hurricane Irene and even an earthquake on the East Coast, it is important that we develop and enforce safe and sustainable building codes to make our communities more resilient, and to protect lives and prop...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...communities. Evaluate the potential for the project to enhance the ability of a community to support a car free lifestyle based on the density and the ratio of the following occupancy types within a defined catchment area surrounding the project site: A. Residential B. Commercial (Business or Mercantile), Assembl...

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

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...communities you will be able to find local farmers offering vegetables, meats and eggs. In certain ways rural living can’t help but increase your personal emissions, food production and buying local is one way to balance that. 3. Avoid building a home in a fragile ecosystem. Any new home will have an ecological imp...

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row

...sustainable building design, construction and transformation, illustrating the ever-growing international demand for LEED green buildings. The announcement comes at a time of increased international focus on climate change mitigation in the lead up to the United Nation's COP21 climate negotiations this December. "We ...

Urban Farm Unit - Aquaponics, Hydroponics, Pisciculture and Urban Farming
Food production

Growing food in urban cores with the Urban Farm Unit

...communities. If we're lucky enough to have a little space at home, especially if we have a garden, they can produce abundent vegetables and fruits in an urban setting . There are some more ingenious solutions to growing food in urban areas, and for those unfamiliar with aquaponics, the term refers to a sustainable ...

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

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

...sustainable lumber and wood products via their "FSC wood certification labels". Their goal is to protect natural resources by promoting environmentally sustainable, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests, from which the majority of our lumber and wood products are sourced, with...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...communities. Born of that service, is a valuable by-product - Renewable Energy Certificates. For every megawatt-hour (MWh) of power generated, the provider receives one REC, which it can then sell. Businesses wishing to improve their environmental footprint and social responsibility can then purchase those certificates...

net zero energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...Sustainable Solutions Tay Township, ON Habitat for Humanity Manitoba Winnipeg, MB Habitat Studio & Workshop Ltd. Edmonton, AB Insightful Healthy Homes Inc. Vancouver, BC K&P Contracting ...