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Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...building concrete, resulting in a 20% reduction in carbon emissions compared to regular concrete. Extracting and manufacturing 26% of construction materials from within 800 km of Bluewater Health. Providing bicycle racks and shower facilities for building occupants who choose this mode of transportation. ...

DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Wood and organic materials

Two new options of mass timber panels

...materials (20 to 30% less wood) reduces transportation costs over CLT and other structural materials Excellent resistance to fire. According to Freres Lumber, MPPs have the potential to transform the construction industry and make greater use of wood as supporting structures because residential and commercial bui...

Keyhole Garden
Landscaping

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...materials. I've seen the body of beds built from bricks, cinderblocks, landscaping stones, corrugated metal, even cedar logs. The inner compost basket can be constructed from a number of materials including wire or plastic mesh, thatched grass, twine and in many cases a combination of several materials. 3.) Construct...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...building materials The LEED for homes program is a point-driven green home rating system with many performance categories , so not only is the S1600 stylish, well designed and energy-efficient as standard, it also offers an extremely healthy indoor environment filled with non-toxic, sustainable and natural building m...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...building a LEED certified Passive House... *** Building any house requires a fair amount of planning - long before the shovel hits the dirt - but building a Passive House takes that process to a whole new level. So, although we poured the foundation for the Springhouse in Abercorn, QC, in October 2016, we’ve been t...

Tyvek home wrap left exposed to wind and UV rays
Air and vapour barriers

Choosing the right house wrap / weather barrier, which is best?

...building materials. That gap in a rain screen doesn't need to be significant, just enough for water to drain and air to rise. If the weather barrier is tightly attached, as in the case of a peel-and-stick membrane or is part of a rigid board product, building scientists say as little as 1/16th gap provides a capillar...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...building website where homeowners and builders could learn to make informed choices and build sustainable and energy-efficient homes. A place where a dialogue about the true impacts of building products and practices could be had, where the pros and cons of different building products were openly debated. It is very ea...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...materials is a wise choice. A better-built home lasts longer, is healthier for occupants, cheaper to operate and studies show it will have a higher resale value. As a starting place, see articles in our building guide such as choosing the right insulation , and how to find building materials that don't off-gas into h...

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...materials. There are also no heavy metals used in the colouring pigments, so it is a completely sustainably-made and healthy product. "In our natural wood finishes we use a mixture of cold-pressed linseed oil and natural resins, such as damar, beeswax and carnauba, instead of polyurethane” says Marc-André Coulombe, D...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...used in Canada, the mock slate for example would probably hold snow that would otherwise slide off a glass roof, and if your roof is covered in snow you won't be getting any power. Elon Musk says they last 2 to 3 times longer than a conventional roof, asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roof covering and last...

Disposing of household waste properly - recycling, garbage & toxic materials
Kitchens

Waste management: compost and recycling

...materials: Ever wonder what to do with solvents, pesticides, paint, motor oil and flammable materials, to name a few? This is where you will need to check with your municipality. Some offer collection on certain days at certain times of the year, others provide a depot location where all these dangerous materials can...