Trends / Guides

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...trends and running with the cool kids. Open concept buildings with natural light and exposed structures have been a consistent theme for many years, and such trends seem to hold better when there is a ‘noble’ cause as well, and preserving forests makes everyone feel good. More demand for green building products brings ...

CaGBC, LEED green building trends
LEED Homes

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

...Trends: Benefits Driving the New and Retrofit Market Report through the CaGBC. To view a copy of the Canada Green Building Trends Report, visit the CaGBC website . This report was sponsored by Oxford Properties Group, REALpac, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. About Oxford Properties Group Oxford P...

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

Green Building is accelerating around the world

...trends in world green building today and how they have changed since 2008 when the first global green study was conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction (Global Green Building SmartMarket Report, 2008). This new study is published in the recently released World Green Building Trends SmartMarket Report: Business Benefits D...

Ontario climate change action plan
Grants and incentives

Ontario announces ambitious climate change action plan to reduce emissions

...trends, and there is no doubt that there is one happening here. Fuels perceived as 'dirty' are already at a disadvantage in the global market and that is only going to continue. This type of investment can put a province in a much better market position in a quickly changing world economy. If all Canada has to offer ...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...trends have allowed this to happen. First, equipment for solar power generation and storage is quickly falling in price, and it is now possible to have a regular supply of electricity at a home for a manageable cost. The second trend is large increases in efficiency of all of the electronics used in our homes. The no...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...Trends in the construction industry, such as shorter project schedules, sustainable construction practices and workforce shortages, are several drivers of wider use of prefab and modular kit buildings. This is driven by technology – such as building information modeling (BIM) assisted by carbon footprint modelling info...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...trends and are starting to incorporate the principles of eco-design into their products. Though they were late getting into the game, Prefabs are now credible competitors in the housing market with some really great new designs and innovations. If you are going this route look into a home that is at least Novoclima...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...trends. A true concentration of talent, the home is the result of an exceptional collaboration between renowned Montreal Architects PARA-SOL, and an accomplished manufacturer of modular prefabricated buildings. Modern green prefab homes are affordable Prefabricated homes that are built in the controlled atmospher...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...trends and promote sustainable practices for building with wood. Now you know all about wood framing and choosing the right materials, read more on these pages : Building with recycled shipping pallets How to identify non-toxic pallets for furniture and inside homes Which is better, OSB or p...

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

...trends are long-term patterns based on historical records over large regions. I would be full of hot air if I told you that one early heat wave in any given region is directly caused by climate change. As for long term weather predictions - will this summer be hot? Dunno. My magic 8 ball seemed to think so when I ask...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...trends. A true concentration of talent, the home is the result of an exceptional collaboration between renowned Montreal Architects PARA-SOL, and the accomplished manufacturer of modular prefabricated buildings, ÉNERGÉCO CONCEPT. Modern green prefab homes are affordable Prefabricated homes that are built in the c...