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BEC Green is on a mission to help homeowners understand what green building materials are and where to get them. We also feature new green homes and speak with the wonderful builders, architects and designers who create them.
Buying & Installing Energy-Efficient Windows: Your Ultimate Guide in 2023
Canadian homeowners, did you know that choosing the right windows and ensuring proper installation can significantly impact your home’s energy efficiency and comfort?
According to many replacement windows Vancouver experts, the overall heat loss through old inefficient windows can go as high as 30%,
A Quick Basement Ceiling Renovation Using Hemp Insulation
Renovating a basement ceiling for sound-proofing and brighter lighting. We used hemp insulation and 4″ LED pot lights
Builders For Climate Action Helps Builders Address Climate Change
Builders for climate action on a mission to help builders and designers understand that material choices make an impact on climate change.
Tru Earth laundry detergent – 94% less packaging (and it works)
Tru Earth Laundry detergent is a convenient and very eco-friendly way to clean your clothes. There is 94% less packaging compared to regular detergent
3M Feather-Friendly Window Markers Are For The Birds
3M Feather Friendly Window Markers help birds avoid collisions with windows. They are applied as a transfer sheet for commercial and residential buildings.
Calgary Modern Energy Efficient House Built on a Reverse Walkout
A modern energy-efficient house design was a key requirement for this new home in Calgary by Alloy Homes. A key challenge was its reverse walkout design.
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BEC Green posts about green building materials and homes our readers view the most.
NatureFibres hemp insulation is available in batts. The hemp used is grown mostly in Quebec and Ontario. The batts are made in Asbestos, Quebec. They have a better R-value than fibreglass batts, are mould, mildew and pest resistant, and are hygroscopic (water-loving).
Linoleum Flooring Guide
Linoleum flooring was a popular choice in homes until the invention of petroleum-based vinyl flooring. Linoleum is an all-natural flooring available in sheet or tile forms. It is made primarily from flax, combined with lime and wood flour and natural pigments.
Ontario's First Rammed Earth House
Reclaimed wood is a beautiful option for many homes that are either being renovated or built from scratch. Fortunately, in Ontario, there are plenty of choices. Reclaimed wood is often available in wider planks due to its coming from first or old-growth forests.
IceStone Countertops are made from recycled glass, Portland cement and a non-petroleum-based binder. The factory is located in Brooklyn, NY. The countertops come in a range of colours. Recently the company has upgraded the product so it is heat and stain resistant.
BEC Green Guides
Resource guides to help you navigate the complex world of better building materials, energy and water efficiency and more
Browse green building categories
Interior Finishes, Furniture & Lighting
- Paints and coatings
- Water fixtures
This category is all about materials used in the construction of the building envelope including windows, doors, roofing, wrap, cladding and rainscreens.
Building Materials & HVAC
- Adhesives & Sealants
- Drywall, lumber, etc.
- Heating & Cooling
Architecture & Design
A variety of information on green design including interviews with architects and contractors who specialize in designing and building green.
Prefab and Modular Homes
Prefab and modular homes are not only faster to construct, they can usually be made to higher environment standards. Further, because they are made off-site, they generate less construction waste than a standard build.
Green Building Techniques
There are plenty of ways to build green. Methods such as straw bale, rammed earth, and cross-laminated timber had fallen out of favour as brick and lumber-built methods became quicker, but they are getting a revival because of their postivie attributes.
- Energy efficiency guides
- Products to help your house become more energy efficient
Tips, tricks and product reviews for living a lower impact life. Articles cover waste management, green cleaning and more.
Gardening and Landscaping
- Landscaping for maximum energy and water efficiency
- Environmentally-friendly path and mortar systems
- rain-barrels and cisterns
- solar panels and residential wind turbines
Green Building Stores & Services
Where to buy green building products, hire green architects and contractors and track down strawbale builders, rammed earth builders and more.
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