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A sustainably built, ultra modern and affordable tiny house
Tiny house

NOMAD Micro Home fuelled by crowd funding, takes green building world by storm.

...sustainably manufactured, easy to assemble, affordable, and off-grid capable. Manufactured in British Columbia by those friendly friendly Canadians, The NOMAD micro home is a pre-fabricated Tiny House kit. Light enough to be shipped anywhere in the world, these flat-packed houses can be assembled with nothing more th...

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

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

...sustainably managed forest. When buying lumber or wood products, like eco-friendly hardwood flooring , pay attention and look for the FSC certification. Wood with a FSC logo ensures it should come from sustainably managed forests Wood and paper producers are subject to mandatory verification and must continuall...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

Green Home Incentives: Net Zero Home Grants & Zero Interest Home Renovation Loans for 2020 Breaking News: New Canada Greener Homes Grant Scheme 2021 announced - see here for how to apply and eligibility requirements or see here for the $40 000 interest free home renovation loan scheme in Canada Whatever the politi...

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change
Planning and Design

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

I’m writing this during a heat wave in June, 2021, as much of the US and Canada seem poised to experience yet another record-breaking hot summer. Those who are not climate geeks might ask if this warmer-than-average weather is caused by climate change. In fact, weather is not climate. Weather is what happens day-to-...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...Sustainably built accessory dwelling units from FabCab © Dale Lang 2010 Sustainably built accessory dwelling units from FabCab © Dale Lang 2010 Sustainably built accessory dwelling units from FabCab © Dale Lang 2010

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...sustainably harvested pine trees. This mix is heated and run through rollers that press the flooring into a sheet and onto a fabric backing (usually jute), then hung to cure. No toxins are used or produced during the manufacturing, and no off-gassing occurs in homes after installation. Besides using green ingredien...

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

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...sustainably managed forests, wood is the best choice in terms of environmental impact. It uses fewer natural resources and releases less contaminants into the air and water than metal or concrete. The impact of concrete and steel compared to wood: Environmental impact compared to wood: Embodied energy Cli...

Bathroom with refinished claw foot tub and barn board trim in a home c
Materials and resources

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...sustainably? Lifespan: How long before this product will need to be replaced? Impact on human health: Homes can be a toxic stew of glues, VOC’s, formaldehyde and other contaminants that aggravate and cause serious respiratory illnesses and other health effects. Many toxins can easily be avoided with time sp...

First Passive House in BC Whistler

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

...sustainably isn’t only for the affluent. With a little innovation homes can be both energy efficient and affordable.” “We’re very excited to see the continued growth of Passive House construction in Whistler,” said Mayor Wilhelm-Morden. “Affordability and energy efficiency are both core to our long-term sustainabilit...

Bullfrog clean power
Renewable energy

Bullfrog Power makes clean renewable energy available to all of us.

...sustainably collected natural gas is injected into the system to balance your consumption. Bullfrog Power is audited annually to confirm that as much green electricity (or gas) has been injected onto the energy system as their customers have used. By voluntarily paying a premium for green energy, you are creating mar...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...sustainably harvested , and recently outlined a new timber regulation established by the EU, who wish to ban illegally harvested timber, both imported and domestically produced, from the market, stating, “From 3 March 2013, any operator who places timber or timber products on the EU market for the first time must ensur...