Waste management / Guides

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

Waste management: compost and recycling

...waste management, first determine just what services are available in your municipality so you can sort your waste properly. Not all collection and disposal services are the same in all regions - recycling, compost collection, toxic waste depots, etc., but your local municipality will be able to provide you with that i...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...waste factor limit: Limit the overall estimated waste factor of framing materials to 10% or less, and provide detailed documentation. 2.1 FSC-certified tropical woods: Provide proof that any tropical woods found in the home are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. 3.1 Construction waste management planni...

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

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

...management and the production of sustainable lumber and wood products via their "FSC wood certification labels". Their goal is to protect natural resources by promoting environmentally sustainable, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests, from which the majority of our lumber an...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...waste during design, construction, operation, and end of life in order to conserve natural resources. The project team must create a Material Conservation Management Plan that explains how the project optimizes materials in each of the following phases: Design Phase, including the consideration of appropriate dur...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...waste management: Prior to demolition of the old home, the following items were salvaged: windows and doors, hardwood floor, trim, kitchen cabinets, appliances and a 12x12’ sunroom. All clean waste lumber was saved and used to heat the new home with a high-efficiency wood burning fireplace. All recyclable materials wer...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...Management Program in August of 1998. Administered in Canada by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and around the world by a growing network of non-profits, LEED is the most comprehensive and versatile home rating system, and consequently the most recognized. LEED promotes sustainable building practices throug...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...waste.This can help reduce the burden on both landfills and our forests. An increased use of wood also requires sustainable forest management practices. The Forest Stewardship Council certifies wood has been sustainably harvested , and recently outlined a new timber regulation established by the EU, who wish to ban i...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...waste , composting , disposing of construction waste and other easy lifestyle changes to reduce your environmental footprint in these pages : Building with recycled shipping pallets How to sort and dispose of compost and household waste How to grow food at home sustainably in a backyard lasagna garden...

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

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...Waste produced METAL: +53% +23% +74% +247% +14% -21% CONCRETE: +120% +50% +115% +114% +93% +37% What about recycled content? The inclusion of recycled materials in new products is a significant variable in an LCA, especially in the case of products from non-renewable resour...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...waste that will be sent to a landfill. From a material conservation and sustainability point of view, that would always be our recommended course of action if the costs aren’t too prohibitive, as upgrading existing buildings always comes up on top in terms of a full lifecycle analysis . Unfortunately some homes are bey...

Plastic in landfill
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Turning Waste Plastic Into useable Fuel

...waste plastic into ultra-clean, ultra-low sulphur fuel requiring no further refinement. Breaking down at various purities, this low-emission processing technique delivers predominantly heating oil and diesel transportation fuel, but has a use for all its by-products including running the processor itself which uses i...