Used building materials / Guides

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...buildings with corresponding standards, but a Powerhouse certified building goes beyond energy performance and generation to include the full lifecycle. In short, the entire ecological footprint of the building, including embodied energy of building materials and decommissioning at the end of its life must be offset by...

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...used building materials in home construction, commercial buildings and city infrastructure is concrete, which has an extremely high carbon footprint , with cement production accounting for 7% of global carbon emission. This problem is considered to be increasing at a time we are supposed to be reducing carbon output du...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...used to build the main support walls; aluminum cans and mortar, along with glass bottles, are used to build interior walls. Earthships (by their own definition, at least) are passively-heated from the sun and thermal mass; the north side is buried underground, though buildings in colder climates seem to include wood ...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...used exclusively as living space , others are used for growing vegetables and even fruit. Strictly speaking, a solarium is not a greenhouse, but can be used as such. The typical solarium is usually a glazed space adjacent to a dwelling, separated by an exterior wall and accessed through a door. Roofs are sometimes gl...

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

...Building Council (USGBC) announced that Canada ranks first on USGBC's second annual ranking of the Top 10 Countries for LEED , the world's most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The Top 10 list highlights countries outside of the U.S. that are making significant strides in sustainable building ...

Techniques for reducing sound transmission in buildings
Insulation and soundproofing

Controlling sound transmission in buildings

...buildings is assessing the situation. What kind of noise is it? Noise in buildings is usually assigned to one of three classes: Airborne sound: Sound such as voices, TV or stereo sounds. The source does not strike or vibrate against the structure of the building. Structure-borne sound: Sound that is generated w...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...building materials. For our building envelope we will use Roxul mineral wool insulation, which has a high embodied energy but superior durability compared to many other insulation materials. It can also be easily disassembled and entirely reusable at the end of the operational life of this home, whenever or if that m...

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. ...

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...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...building and living in an off-grid home and how it can help showcase reducing the carbon footprint of eco homes & sustainable construction ... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : Off Grid and Zero Energy Homes Future-proof building techniques for a changing cli...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...used to build load-bearing walls, floors and roofs. To date, it has mainly been used in residential construction, but tall wood buildings (between 5 and 10 stories), encouraged by changes in building code in relation to timber use in tall buildings, are now starting to pop up all over the world with over 500 mid to hig...