Building Lots & Infrastructure

Finding suitable building lots and managing infrastructure

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Choosing a building lot

What to look for when buying a building lot

Finding a suitable building lot requires a lot of consideration and research; here are some things to look for.

Building in flood plains

Future-proofing homes: building for a changing climate

The effects of our changing climate aren't just coming anymore, they are here. How and where we build has to change as well.

Real estate

What to look for in a new home and location

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

Better houses can be cheaper to live in from day one. Why build a less comfortable, and less efficient home if it actually costs more?

LEED Silver mid-rise in Gatineau, QC.

Sustainable building practices create prosperous communities

An Australian report finds sustainable building is helping to create stronger and more prosperous communities.

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II in Vancouver, BC

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) Measures the Environmental Benefit of the LEED Certification Program.

After certifying 1000 LEED buildings nationwide, the CaGBC takes a look at exactly what's saved when we build to LEED standard rather than to code. The resul...

Choosing a building envelope

Choosing a building envelope

When it comes to choosing a building envelope there are many variables to consider: performance, durability, health, comfort, and of course, cost.

As our climate adapts to human carbon emissions, we will need to adapt

Changing homes in a changing climate

The risks and costs of climate change: since insurance companies are becoming more aware of the greater threats posed by more severe weather, we had best bec...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation form kit

Raft slabs - How to build on problem soils

How to build on sites with expansive soils, high water tables and poor bearing capacity.

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

These 19 features must be incorporated into the building design to qualify for certification.

Resources and getting started

Whether you are building a home, you just bought a home, or you want some energy conservation tips for your apartment, it all starts here. Our tips below wil...

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