House as a System

Think of your house as a composition of various different components that work together to form a single interdependent system. People that live in the house, heating, cooling and ventilation components, along with the construction materials the house is made of all interact to form this interdependent system. Any changes made to one component of a house can affect other components. For this reason, a house can be very similar to the human body. Like the human body, a house also needs to breath, regulate temperatures, and protect the inside environment from the outside environment. Similarly, the house is also a very delicate system; changes to the system should be made considering all components in mind. Continue reading

Green Building Standards

When looking to reduce their GHG emissions, many consumers look to transportation, by driving a more fuel efficient vehicle or simply driving less. However, the effect of buildings is often overlooked, “Buildings account for as much as 48 per cent of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions…” according to Thomas Mueller, president of the Canada Green Building Council. Continue reading