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Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

...and the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning released a landmark report Feb. 29 that describes how green buildings advanc...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...and severe, resources like energy, food and water are becoming more and more scarce in some areas, and a growing world population means more and more people wan...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...design of Ecohome’s demonstration home: Passive heating and cooling, healthy living space, affordable to build and operate, resilient and flexible design. The...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...and shading for passive heating and cooling • green roofs to moderate indoor temperatures and mitigate the heat-island effect • interior design and the use ...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...design and plan appropriate erosion control measures. The following measures must be implemented during the construction process. Stockpile and protect from...

MIBOP energy modeling software from Mindscape Innovations
Concept and design

Free online energy modeling from Mindscape Innovations

...and has helped builders at the planning stage understand how various energy upgrades impact their EnerGuide score”, says Kyle Anders, Sustainable Design Special...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...and front door entrances that go unused, while people regularly come in and out of kitchen or side doors. Designing a smaller and more functional space that flo...

Durability Risk Evaluation Form
LEED Homes

Durability Risk Evaluation Form

...and management plan means determining the specific risks and challenges your home would face - starting with the climate zone where you are building and moving ...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...planning and successfully building an eco-friendly and sustainable green home: 1. Save a budget (and keep some in reserve) This is sort of a no-brainer, but...

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?

...and requires a thorough understanding of the physics behind it so you don’t unwittingly design it to fail. To understand the difference between air barriers and...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...design, same lot and orientation.] Materials: True-foam Type II and III expanded polystyrene, custom cut sub slab and exterior foundation insulation Blo...