carbon footprint / Guides

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...carbon and carbon-storage concrete solutions . There are many new innovations in concrete manufacturing in the pipeline that significantly reduce the carbon emissions; check whether any low carbon ready-mix concrete suppliers are available near you now , with luck they are already, and if not they may be soon. ICF wa...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...footprint,” says Mike Lapaine, Vice President, Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Bluewater Health. “This is very much aligned with Bluewater Health’s Mission to create exemplary healthcare experiences for patients and families every time.” By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for ...

LEED Canada on the rise
LEED Homes

LEED Canada shows strong growth during summer of 2015 including first LEED® v4 certified project

...carbon footprint of their buildings. “This has been a strong year so far and the CaGBC is very proud to see green building and LEED continuing to grow across the country and globally,” says Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the CaGBC. “Our national efforts are timely, and tie-in well to the Buildings Day that will...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...carbon footprint of our energy needs. This compares to Canada, where around 67% of Canada’s electricity comes from renewable sources and 82% from non-GHG emitting sources - Canada is the world’s second largest producer of hydroelectricity. The thing with Electric heating though in new or renovated Green high effici...

DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video
Flooring and stairs

Cork flooring installation - the eco-friendly flooring choice, with "how to" video

...carbon footprint from transportation is quite reasonable given that it is light-weight and can be made very thin - so a lot packs into a shipping container. Cork flooring is hypoallergenic, warm underfoot, makes controlling dust & dustmites easy and if you choose the right cork flooring tiles and install it with the ri...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...carbons (HCFCs) Lead (added) Mercury Petrochemical Fertilizers and Pesticides Phthalates Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Wood treatments containing Creosote, Arsenic or Pentachlorophenol 12) Embodied carbon footprint: The project must account for the total footprint of embodied carbon (tCO2e) from its constr...

Natural Gas is being phased out - why & when?
Heating with gas and oil

Why Natural Gas is Being Phased Out of New Home Construction (and When?)

...carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and contributes to the warming of the planet. The carbon dioxide emissions from burning natural gas are lower than with oil or coal, but there are other emissions to be concerned about. Burning natural gas also emits carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides (NOx), and sulfur dioxide (SO2), al...

A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

...carbon footprint, so they don’t always equate to being an eco-friendly green home. Read more here about the downsides of tiny houses . But our biggest beef with tiny houses would be the F250 Super Duty truck you need to pull it around, because there aren’t a lot of places where you can park and live in a tiny house. ...

Passive House on a Budget - The Damn Near Passive house
Passive House

The Un-certified but 'Damn Near' Passive House.

...carbon footprint might be better if you settled for a 16 or 17 kWh (still extremely high performance home) and put that extra money into something like a Prius perhaps? We stumbled upon one homeowner who, in an attempt to build and certify to Passive House standards, found the additional cost needed to squeeze the la...

60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)
Renewable energy

Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

...carbon footprint. Theoretically then moving towards home solar , wind power and even bicycle generators can make for a more efficient home, as you rely less on grid-fed power. Even in the greenest province or state with renewable energy there is still a significant amount of GHG emissions (greenhouse gases) due to co...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...carbon footprint, and even a list of your most energy-consuming appliances or devices. It can also help you set monthly budgets and goals for energy consumption and send you notices of issues that need to be addressed. Examples of messages that will be sent to you: A defrosting coil in your refrigerator seems to ...