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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. 

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A Passive House Plus Certified House Built in Brooklyn

Renovating to Passive House Plus standard produces a beautiful and low maintenance home in Brooklyn, NY. The home is warm in winter without standard HVAC – and produces some of its own electricity to boot!

IceStone Countertops: Recycled Glass and Cement

IceStone Countertops: Recycled Glass and Cement

This post was updated on October 31, 2019. IceStone countertops are made from 75% post-industrial recycled glass, Portland cement and a non-petroleum-based binder in Brooklyn, New York. They look like a subtle terrazzo for your countertops.   The company was...

Reclaimed wood furniture companies in Ontario

Reclaimed wood furniture companies in Ontario

If you've ever picked up an antique chair and compared it to picking up a new one, chances are you will be surprised at how much heavier it is. Old chairs tended to be made with oak, maple, and other hardwood species. Not only that, but they are most likely made from...

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BEC Green posts about green building materials and homes our readers view the most. 

Sheep's wool insuation

Sheep’s wool insulation has several benefits in that it is hygroscopic, mould resistant, pest resistant, an excellent acoustic materials and is available in batts or as loose fill.

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The Pros & Cons of Rainscreens

Rainscreens are often used in home construction in rainy climates but they can function equally well in more moderate climates as well. Their purpose is to prevent water from infiltrating buildings.

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Ontario's First Rammed Earth House

Rammed earth is an old building technique that is regaining popularity in North America. Rammed earth uses hyper local materials and creates majestic walls once finished.

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Is your home solar-ready?

Two companies are making strides in providing easy access to determining whether a home sits in an optimal location to have solar panels on its roof. Mapdwell and Project Sunroof make it easy to tell.

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BEC Green Guides

Resource guides to help you navigate the complex world of better building materials, energy and water efficiency and more

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Interior Finishes, Furniture & Lighting

  • Paints and coatings
  • Flooring
  • Lighting
  • Countertops
  • Water fixtures
  • Furniture

and more…

Building Envelope

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
  • Insulation
  • Drywall, lumber, etc.
  • Heating & Cooling

and more…

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

  • Energy efficiency guides
  • Products to help your house become more energy efficient

and more…

Green Living

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

and more…

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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