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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

...building materials to avoid. Other natural building materials: Wood is a natural and renewable material that is a staple of green home construction, but wood is not the only bio-based material you can find. There are other natural building products that we’ve used in other demo houses, or that we’ve recently seen a...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...natural ventilation. All operational emissions must be free of Red List items. Sunlight: Restrictions are place on the amount of sunlight that blocks adjacent buildings. Natural Waterways: The project may not restrict access to the edge of any natural waterway, except where such access can be proven to be a hazard ...

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

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

...Building Design and Construction (BD+C), Interior Design and Construction (ID+C), Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M), Neighborhood Development (ND) and Homes (under LEED v4). Where can I buy FSC certified wood products? FSC certified products can be found at many major home improvement stores and building su...

Suzlon's LEED Platinum wind power living laboratory in India
Lifestyle and environment

Green Building is accelerating around the world

...buildings can also lower building costs and create a building that holds its value for longer than comparable non-green buildings. Creation of Green Product Markets and Business Benefits As green building has grown, so have the markets for new products, innovations and services. In 2012, 89 percent of global indust...

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

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...products with recycled content saves natural resources. Purchasing products that are recyclable at the end of their life will help save resources in the future. Some products are 100% recyclable, some not at all. Green certification: Certified products can help you avoid ‘greenwashing’ and increase the market sha...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...building rating system and stands for; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). To quote the U.S Office of Federal Environmental Executive, “green building’ is defined as the practices of one, increasing the efficiency of a building or site in their use of ener...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...Natural carpets Sisal natural rug image via Ballard Designs The carpet industry has made huge gains in cleaning itself up in the last decade or so, before which products were hugely polluting in production, and contributed to poor indoor air quality. It is much better now, but still not great. Natural carpets...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...building begins at the design phase, and this category encourages builders to put together their building team early and involve them in the design process. It is here that regional issues and home durability is addressed, and building orientation is determined to maximise passive solar gains. Locations & Linkages (1...

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Interior design and furnishing

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...natural materials. Read more about protecting indoor air quality with non-toxic interior furnishings and choosing non-toxic building materials in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages at North America's green building website, Ecohome.

MIBOP energy modeling software from Mindscape Innovations
Concept and design

Free online energy modeling from Mindscape Innovations for home optimization

...building will consume during operation. Data regarding location and climate, building design, materials, mechanical systems and appliances is entered into a software program to determine what the overall consumption of a building will be, and to attach a rating to it. HOT2000 is a software program developed by NRCan ...

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

...building materials comes from natural building products such as strawbales, wood for framing , cellulose insulation , hemp insulation , insulated wood fiberboard panels , MDF panels made from rice , and other wood products such as formaldehyde-free OSB or plywood . There is a growing trend in the green home building ...