Waste / Guides

"The Boneyard" in Arizona, the world’s biggest aircraft graveyard
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Old airplane fuselage is finding a new life as recycled building material.

...waste products such as glass, concrete, cellulose fibre and porcelain dust. They have now added aluminum from old planes to their list of raw materials. © Bio-Luminum CoveringsETC is now able to melt the reclaimed aluminum into blocks which are then sliced into tiles much like the way a quarry...

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...

Grey Water Recycling Never Looked Better
Greywater Recycling

Greywater recycling never looked better

...waste water from the sink to flush the adjoining toilet. The execution is nothing less than stylish. Though compact, the Eco Bath’s water tank is comprised of two compartments, one that holds drainage water from the adjoining sink and one that contains fresh water in case the need to flush occurs before the grey water ...

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

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...waste going into landfills. With city populations doubling by 2050, our world cannot sustain the growing impact that is guaranteed if we continue to use the same building methods and waste the same amount of materials and energy. We at Ecohome feel that prefabricated and modular construction of homes and building...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II in Vancouver, BC
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) Measures the Environmental Benefit of the LEED Certification Program.

After certifying its first LEED project in 2005, the CaGBC collected data over the next eight years, measuring the direct impact LEED Canada made on various aspects of the environment, including greenhouse gas emissions , national energy and water consumption and waste diversion. The results were compelling: A 312,0...

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...waste into fertilizer, and be used in its own backyard for food production. Other features will be a rainwater treatment system for showers, photovoltaic solar panels feeding the power grid and pre-fab straw bale walls. "The treatment of human waste into useful compost rather than being one of the largest environment...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...waste product that currently has very little value , it can’t even be used as feedstock due to a lack of nutritional value. Anytime organic waste materials are converted into useable materials it sequesters carbon (acts as carbon storage), having a positive impact on the fight against climate change, of which the build...

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

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...waste get used, and to get rid of stuff without paying dumping fees. If you see a renovation going on, check in with the contractor or owner about reclaiming some of their more useful waste. And remember to get this stuff early, check the dimensions to make sure you can make it fit, and that you have the quantities y...

Artistic rendition of one of the pre-fab net zero energy homes, Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy Community in Calgary, Alberta

...waste, and shorter construction time onsite. After taking delivery, completed sections are assembled on pre-finished foundations in a matter of hours. "We're proud to be the first home builder to offer this sustainable building process to Calgary Homebuyers on this scale," said Sam Attia, President, Landmark Homes. "...

LEED Silver mid-rise in Gatineau, QC.
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Sustainable building practices create prosperous communities

...waste ends up in landfill. Ms Madew commented: "But green buildings are not just good for the planet - they are good for people too. Sustainable buildings are boosting student test scores, accelerating patient recovery rates, improving worker productivity and slashing energy bills. These claims were made ahea...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...waste: FabCab utilizes state of the art computerized cutting machines that minimize waste. This creates precise, high quality assemblies, and reduces delays. Energy efficiency: Plumbing lines can be roughed-in for optional solar water heater to be used with the radiant floor heating system. Healthy indoor air quali...