recycling / Guides

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...recycling depot. New high performance building materials : Fibreglass-framed windows All MDF (medium density fiberboard) materials in the home are formaldehyde-free Low-VOC paints FSC Certified engineered hardwood floors Building life cycle considerations: The home features a secondary suite that is cur...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...recycling for packaging products. Lots of pallets means lots of pallet recycling - but we're on the fence as to whether using pallets as furniture is safe Heavy duty pallets are a form of reusable packaging and are designed to be used many times, while lightweight pallets are designed for single use only - and ...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...recycling used project water. Water must be appropriately purified without the use of chemicals. 6) Ecological water flow: One hundred percent of storm water and used project water discharge must be managed onsite to feed the project’s internal water demands or released onto adjacent sites for management through ac...

Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

...recycling , water saving showerheads and all about green home building at North America's free green building website, Ecohome . Text availablalikee under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, unless otherwise noted.

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...recycling, reuse) of all anticipated major constituents of the project waste stream, including cardboard packaging and household recyclables (e.g., food and beverage containers). Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) *Be sure to refer to the rating system guidelines regarding combustion appliances, venting requirements...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...recycling. Energy & Atmosphere (38 points) Our homes are an enormous consumer of energy. This LEED category aims to reduce overall operational consumption through better building envelopes (insulation, doors and windows) and more efficient appliances and fixtures. Certification requires a blower door test where h...

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

...recycling, garbage and toxic materials Why recycling is important, and how to recycle correctly at home How to reduce climate impact with green food choices Guides for green lifestyle and environment choices Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also...

Detergent-free eco friendly Laundry balls
Cleaning and maintenance

Do Laundry balls work?

...recycling is important, and how to recycle correctly at home How to reduce climate impact with green food choices Guides for green lifestyle and environment choices Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...recycling: This is a great use of valuable resources. Grey water recycling means collecting water from sinks and showers, then filtering and treating it so it can be safely and practically used. Not as drinking water of course, but for toilets and irrigation. This is a marvellous concept, but expensive to set up, and u...

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

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

...recycling of wood and paper. Forests have a key role in regulating the earth’s climate and removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. When making the choice to buy FSC certified wood products, it guarantees that all the trees harvested are replaced, or are allowed to regenerate naturally, minimizing waste and...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...recycling depot where someone will be handed some cash in exchange for it. The monetary value alone of an old container ensures it will be recycled one way or another. Metal is highly polluting and energy-intensive to extract and manufacture, so once we have it we are best to put it to good use. When used to form a s...