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Zero Carbon Building
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

...Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative? Mark Hutchinson: The CaGBC launched the zero carbon building initiative in 2016 to champion the move to lower-carbon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings in support of Canada’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. CaGBC believes that a zero carb...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...carbon footprint of this surprisingly affordable prefab eco home, which takes a significant step in the right direction towards true Zero-Carbon housing including both embodied carbon for building materials as well as the carbon production for it's very low energy needs. This is only one of several prefabricated eco ho...

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

...zero-waste movement. Participants reduce the amount of garbage they create by adopting more eco-friendly habits and opting for zero waste products with little or no packaging. Thankfully worldwide some grocery chains like Coles in Australia have started a zero waste supermarket pilot scheme . What are the 5 Rs of Zer...

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

...carbon footprint in the built environment in the quest for zero carbon homes - and now a Canadian company may have the answer with a carbon-sequestering concrete system that appears to have the attributes ideal for general use across all building sectors, and that is gaining fans in the green building community. Is Car...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...carbon emissions. However, while operational carbon is important, we are only addressing part of the carbon reduction challenge. Calculate the Carbon Footprint of Buildings with The EC3 Calculator Carbon footprint versus life cycle analysis For its part, the carbon footprint focuses only on the greenhouse gas...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...Zero Carbon? Just over a year ago, the Canadian Green Building Council officially launched the new standard on Zero Carbon buildings . Not only is that certification awarded by third party, the program has been developed very diligently, including consultations with 40 organizations in the construction sector. The Ca...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...carbon housing. This of course begs the question, what is low carbon housing? Well…for new homes being built that would mean conducting a full carbon lifecycle analysis during home design , so that everything – and I mean everything – is on the table for design alterations to reduce the carbon foot print of homes. Th...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...Zero Energy Ready homes As regional building codes across Canada and the US are beginning to look at Zero Energy Ready options to reduce the overall carbon footprint of homes, how we heat our homes becomes a very big issue. Theoretically, almost any leaky old home can stick a pile of PV solar panels on top and be dec...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...zero VOC floor adhesive like in this cork flooring DIY installation video . We love seeing the innovation that is coming out of the home building industry and the shift towards sustainable, natural carbon-storage building materials that preserve natural resources and contribute to healthier indoor air quality in home...

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...carbon footprint of the S1600 was calculated to be 10.6 tons of carbon. Compare that to a code-built house with the same size and lifecycle, and that is powered with the same energy source (hydroelectricity), which would have a total carbon footprint of 61 tons. That means a savings of over 50 tons of carbon that will ...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...Carbon footprint of gabion walls Gabion walls really do have a significantly lower carbon footprint than a concrete wall . Taking into account the embodied energy for the carbon footprint of a 10 foot high wall through all stages of it's life (manufacturing, transport, construction and maintenance) - here are the com...