Green Building

This page offers Green Building Advice, Standards, and Resources. Sustainable BuildingEnergy Conservationand Renewable Energy are huge aspects of green building and can be found on other pages on this site. See examples of a ‘Passive House’, Off-Grid building, and Sustainable Communities, and more below.

Wikipedia on Green Building: “Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to both a structure and the using of processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.”

List of green/sustainable building links, resources, organizations, jobs, courses and events.


Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC)

Ontario Centre for Green Building Design and Development

LEED® – Canada Green Building Council

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in 150 countries.

Built Green Canada

Green Building in Ottawa

GBD Magazine: Ottawa Carbon Neutral Community

International Living Institute

Green Building Education, Training, Courses, Workshops & Events in Canada:

Planet Friendly Green Building Events, Workshops, Courses

Green Building Courses


Green Building Conferences

CaGBC Education

Endeavour Centre (Ontario)

Green Building Jobs:

Canada's Green Job Site

Canada: Green Building Jobs at GoodWork Canada

CaGBC- Jobs

Light House (BC)


USA Jobs in Green Building

More: Canadian green job sites

What is a Passive House?

A “Passive House is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint.[1] It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling.” (wikipedia)

Canadian Passive House Institute

Passive Buildings Canada

USA Passive House Institute

Building Green

It is great to see Zero-energy building and Low-energy building as a new trend and standard. Rising energy costs and an increasing ‘green’ sensibility are resulting in more and more buildings being outfitted to be eco-friendly and cost-efficient.

Net Zero Building or Zero-energy Building is defined on Wikipedia as building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site”.

Natural Resources Canada – Net Zero Energy (NZE) Housing

Net-zero Energy Home Coalition (Canada)

Happy DIY


Natural Resources Canada (article)

An Active House generates more heat and power than it needs.  Companies working in this industry include Aktivhaus and Active House.  See their sites for more details.

Natural Building

Strawbale Construction “is a building method that uses bales of straw (commonly wheat, rice, rye, and oats straw) as structural elements, building insulation, or both.” (wikipedia)

Ontario Strawbale Building Coalition

Planet Friendly on Strawbale building

Earth Construction



Wattle and daub


Rammed earth


Timber Framing

Green Roofs

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (more)

Autonomous Building (more)

Greening Community

Related Topics

Sustainable Community

Sustainable Living

Green Business

Green Jobs

Sustainable community energy system

Indoor Air Quality

Property Stewardship

Ecological Footprint

Sustainable Urban Planning

US Green Building Council


What is an Ecovillage? (2) “Ecovillages are frequently built with green and/or natural techniques, and extend the concept to the design of the whole community.” (wikipedia)

Ecovillage Network of Canada

What is Cohousing?

Cohousing in Canada

Lists of Ecovillages & Eco-Communities: 

Worldwide: Global Ecovillage Network (source)

Wikipedia’s List of Ecovillages

Canadian Cohousing Network

Ecovillages listed on EcoProperty Canada – eco-houses/homes, buildings, property, real estate for sale or rent in Canada

USA: Ecovillage Network of the Americas

Europe: GEN-Europe

Diggers and Dreamers – A Guide to Communal Living in Britain

Ecovillage News: USA | Canada

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