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As with most new homes built by developers, it came with an unfinished basement which the homeowners can opt to have finished or do it themselves. Ours came with a rushed finishing job that didn’t suit our needs.
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 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 help birds avoid collisions with windows. They are applied as a transfer sheet for commercial and residential buildings.
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.
NaturHemp insulation is made from 92% hemp grown in Canada and made in Asbestos, Quebec. The insulation is hygroscopic, pest, mildew and mould resistant.
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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.
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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.
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.
- Landscaping for maximum energy and water efficiency
- Environmentally-friendly path and mortar systems
- rain-barrels and cisterns
- solar panels and residential wind turbines