Sustainable water management / Guides

Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

...sustainable building codes to make our communities more resilient, and to protect lives and property in times of disaster. Green building practices, resiliency of our communities and emergency management priorities are not mutually exclusive." -Craig Fugate, Federal Emergency Management Agency The report, which...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...water systems that account for downstream ecosystem impacts, or by recycling used project water. Water must be appropriately purified without the use of chemicals. 6) Ecological water flow: One hundred percent of storm water and used project water discharge must be managed onsite to feed the project’s internal wate...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...sustainable building measures, including energy and water conservation, indoor air quality and sustainable materials. Also similar to LEED, there are numerous certification thresholds a building can achieve based on how ‘green’ it is built. The requirements to achieve certification through Built Green are less string...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites 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. The following measures must be implemented during the construction process. St...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...water than metal or concrete. The impact of concrete and steel compared to wood: Environmental impact compared to wood: Embodied energy Climate impact Negative impact on air quality Negative impact on water Ressources consumed by weight Waste produced METAL: +53% +23% +74% +247% +1...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...Water management proved to be more problematic than anticipated and the family had to make adjustments in the early years. "In the beginning, we ran out of water a few times and had to fill our tank with the pipe from a neighbor's house. But now, we usually have too much water. And washing the dishes with rainwater is ...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...water consumption in commercial and residential buildings, such as adopting some of the following water conservation strategies: Using more water-conserving fixtures and low-flow toilets Installing low-flow showerheads Water-permeable surfaces and stormwater management strategies Rainwater catchment systems ...

Disposing of old batteries

Waste management: compost and recycling

...sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : Are low-flow showerheads worth it? Water efficient toilets for reduced water use - USA & Canada Other articles about recycling here Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home cons...

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...

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

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...Management, Environmental Stewardship and Water Conservation. Since the pilot is looking to advance the commoditization of net zero energy homes, the approach will focus on homes that can be built today using technologies already available on the market that meet industry standards and regulations. Technologies will ...

CaGBC, LEED green building trends
LEED Homes

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

...water consumption in their green buildings. The median reduction in operating costs over five years for green buildings reported by the firms included in the research is 17%. The median payback for the investment in a new green building is reported to be eight years, a finding consistent with paybacks on studies Mc...