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4 Top-Rated Sustainable Buildings Around the Globe

eco building light - 4 Top-Rated Sustainable Buildings Around the Globe

When it comes to sustainable architecture and construction, only a few can truly impress. From high-tech features to green solutions and tiny details, these building designs truly amaze and inspire us.

We’ve found some examples of the very best and highly rated sustainable buildings in Canada and list them here. Let’s take a look at how larger green firms are doing it. Perhaps there is something that can inspire you to spring into action and start living sustainably.

Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building

First, on our list, we’ve got the Vancouver Convention Centre. With the biggest living roof in Canada, the building also uses seawater for heating and cooling. Within the building’s foundations is a fish habitat with a kelp forest.

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, Vancouver

You can’t argue that the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability might have a bit of an upper hand here. The building operates on its own water supply. All the water used in the building is captured rainwater.

Dockside Green, Victoria

The Dockside Green generates its own heating with its own on-site biomass gasification plant. What’s more, the building treats its own sewage for re-use and features showers and faucets that hare energy and water efficient.

Centennial Place, Calgary

The impressive skyscrapers feature loads of green solutions to urban living. Within the building, you will find curtain wall technology, motion sensors on lighting as well as low-flow plumbing fixtures.

Learn more about the benefits of sustainable developments by reading our post on sustainable construction. If you would like to get involved in a greener future, you can become an advocate for Nature Canada.

Top-Rated Sustainable Construction Methods

men at work - Top-Rated Sustainable Construction Methods

Apart from environmental reasons, sustainable construction is becoming a necessity for our wellbeing. The importance of sustainable construction methods is being recognised by larger firms and small contractors alike. But what are the common and top-rated construction methods that are considered sustainable?

Finding a trustworthy contractor who actually applies some of these sustainable methods can be difficult. Be sure to ask for references and any relevant certification before hiring someone for your upcoming renovation project.

Below, we take a look at some of the common and top-rated sustainable building methods implemented by tried and trusted firms and contractors.

5 Benefits of Sustainable Developments

fan big - 5 Benefits of Sustainable Developments

Sustainable building methods and developments are not something new. In fact, the first green buildings and urban solutions were first implemented as early as the 1980s. Yet, there are very few corporations out there that can say that they run things 100% sustainably.

We have reached a crucial point in time, where how we plan, build and live our lives will forever impact the world we live in. It is of utmost importance that corporations, contractors and developers promote and use sustainable building methods for a guaranteed future.

Join us as we take a look at some of the noteworthy benefits of building sustainable developments.

Best Way of Saving Energy

Every aspect of sustainable development is energy efficient. From lighting to sewage, designs and technologies ensure that building dwellers can enjoy energy efficiency year-round.

green building - 5 Benefits of Sustainable Developments

These designs make way for alternative energy sources such as solar power and optimize the usage of natural light. In terms of water, these buildings have rainwater collection systems in place while making use of water-efficient fixtures.

Optimal Use of Materials

Nothing is wasted when it comes to green buildings. When building sustainably, materials used are implemented optimally, and nothing is wasted. All building materials are in fact recycled and renewable.

These building materials do not, however, compromise on the quality of developments and buildings. Developers and contractors implementing sustainable building methods make use of high-quality materials that are not only renewable but also durable.

It Promotes Environmental Health

By focusing on sustainable living, developers find ways in which to construct buildings that promote the well being of the environment. Minimal waste and rubble are but one of the many environmental benefits of sustainable construction.

hand - 5 Benefits of Sustainable Developments

Other environmental benefits include a decrease in pollution and the protection of existing water sources. By building and developing green infrastructures developers and contractors are giving back to the environment.

It Promotes Residents’ Health

The health benefits of living in a sustainably built building or development far outweighs the alternative. Those living in sustainably built dwellings experience the benefit of cleaner air and water to name but a few.

All sustainable building materials do not contain any harmful or cancer-causing toxins. This means that not only the environment but those living in these buildings benefit from sustainable buildings.

It is a Cost-Effective Building Solution

By choosing to build sustainably, business and homeowners get to save money in the long run. It is said that up to 80% of building costs come from maintenance and operational costs. This is however not the case with green buildings.

green bulb - 5 Benefits of Sustainable Developments

When energy-efficient measures like solar power and rainwater collection systems in place, building costs are proven to be much less in comparison. In the long haul, it only makes more sense for your pocket to build sustainably.

As you can see, the benefits of building sustainably far outweigh options that aren’t environmentally friendly. If you are a homeowner, be sure to read how you can renovate your kitchen sustainably.

7 Crucial Ways to Plan a Sustainable Kitchen Renovation Project

kitchen - 7 Crucial Ways to Plan a Sustainable Kitchen Renovation Project

Remodelling any part of your home can be quite a pain. Not only does it take hours of planning, but it can be inconvenient and continue for months. If you’ve decided to go green with you remodel, you’ll have something great to look forward to and keep you motivated.

But how does one ensure that your remodel is sustainable? And where do you even start? Let us help you out with that. In this post, we take a look at seven crucial ways you can ensure that your kitchen renovation is sustainable.

Green Plans for the Future

The very first thing you need to do is the planning. How are you going to transform your lifestyle to match with a sustainable one? Put measures and plans in place to ensure that you can easily adapt to your green kitchen and sustainable life once remodeling is complete.

Tip: Include plans for separated recycled bins, plans for compost and more

light - 7 Crucial Ways to Plan a Sustainable Kitchen Renovation Project

Install Energy-Efficient Lighting

We all know how important decent lighting is in a kitchen, especially if you spend most of your time there. You can reduce your carbon footprint and your power bill at the same time by making use of energy efficient lighting. There are loads of LED light options available.

Flooring that is Sustainable

When it comes to sustainable flooring, you’ll have a wide variety of options to pick and choose from. Whatever your style of preference, the world of sustainable flooring is vast and holds options for every taste. From reclaimed wood to linoleum and concrete, it’s up to you.

Choose Paint That is Low in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

Average household paint contains an estimated 10,000 toxic chemicals. Why would you risk you and your family’s wellbeing by using paint that can be harmful? Be sure to check the chemical content of paint before buying, and opt for a paint that is very low in VOCs.

Minimize Building Rubble and Donate

If you are doing a complete remodel, you are probably going to sit with cabinets and other fittings after demolition. Make a list of all the old appliances, cabinets and other elements you want to get rid of and donate it. This reduces the amount of rubble ending up in a landfill.

kitchen appliances - 7 Crucial Ways to Plan a Sustainable Kitchen Renovation Project

Buy Environmentally Friendly Appliances

Re-kit your newly renovated kitchen with energy-efficient and environmentally friendly appliances. You’ll be surprised to learn how many options you have, ranging from ovens to fridges and dishwashers.

Hire Contractors Who Build Sustainably

From the design to demolition and rebuild, make sure every aspect of your remodel is green by hiring professionals. You’ll be able to reduce your carbon footprint considerably by hiring a team of green contractors to ensure your new sustainable kitchen is built sustainably.

We’re sure you are excited to see your new kitchen and enjoy living more sustainably in the near future. If you are overseeing the renovation yourself, be sure to have a look at some of our top tips for sustainable construction projects. This provides an overview of essentials during a green construction project.

If you would like to get involved in more sustainable projects, visit the Sustainability Network and see how you can donate or get involved. As responsible citizens of the world, the onus is upon us to ensure that future generations can enjoy a green and safe planet.

Our Top 4 Tips for Sustainable Construction Projects

bulb with leaf - Our Top 4 Tips for Sustainable Construction Projects

While green or sustainable methods of designing, planning and developing buildings are not new, the practice has become key to the future of the world. The three key elements of sustainable building practices are an environmental impact, social responsibility and economic efficiency.

How do sustainable architectural and construction companies incorporate these elements in their designs and work? By incorporating the four tips listed below, of course.

waste - Our Top 4 Tips for Sustainable Construction Projects

Minimize Waste Disposal

If you’ve ever visited any building site, you’d understand that the amount of waste and building rubble during construction is quite a lot. To minimise the waste disposal, construction companies can repurpose the waste by weighing and sorting after completion of a project.

Efficient Spaces is Key

In designing buildings and spaces with efficient space top of mind can have a massive impact on construction and sustainability. It not only reduces the space used, but also the materials, time and waste generated. Every aspect of sustainable design is undertaken to make optimal use of space.

rack - Our Top 4 Tips for Sustainable Construction Projects

Make Use of Green Building Materials

By using sustainable building materials, contractors minimise their carbon footprint during construction. There are loads of recycled and renewable construction materials available, which decreases toxic materials while reducing C02 emissions.

Make Use of Sustainable Energy Sources

Use renewable energy sources while the construction project is underway. The design of the building should also be built with energy efficiency top-of-mind. Include solar panels and ensure the structure gets sufficient natural sunlight. This is not only good for your pocket, but for the environment too.

There are a lot of industry professionals who offer expert services when it comes to designing, planning and building a development sustainably. Cities are looking at ways that they can create green infrastructure solutions to decrease the impact of fuel emissions. Get involved with greener development solutions by joining the Global Compact Network Canada.

installing - Our Top 4 Tips for Sustainable Construction Projects

Are you busy renovating your kitchen? Here’s a list of items any sustainable kitchen cannot be without. Remember, no matter how small your first step towards sustainability, every small step is important for a better future. By implementing the tips above you are making a difference.

5 Items for the Ultimate Sustainable Kitchen Makeover

modern kitchen - 5 Items for the Ultimate Sustainable Kitchen Makeover

If you are renovating your kitchen with sustainability top-of-mind, chances are you are also going green in all aspects. Sustainable construction is, of course, important, but what happens after the kitchen has been renovated and you continue with your day-to-day?

Do you slip back into old habits, using products that are not only harmful to you, but also to the environment? We’ve become very aware of what we use, how we use it and what the consequences are, and rightly so.

By making tiny little adjustments in our daily lives, we are able to minimise our carbon footprint and help our environment. This is not only important for our health, but it is also important for the future of the planet and future generations.

new kitchen - 5 Items for the Ultimate Sustainable Kitchen Makeover

In this article, we highlight products that are essential and will fit your newly renovated sustainable kitchen like a glove. Let’s help make the world a better place, one small step at a time.

Keep it Fresh with Beeswax Wraps

The use of clingwrap has come with us and passed on from one generation to the next. Don’t you think its about time to stop it in its tracks? Plastic is harmful to the environment and a complete waste.

Instead, make your own beeswax wraps to keep leftovers and other foods fresh and dry in the fridge.

Dodge the Tupperware, Switch to Glass

Plastic Tupperware is another one of those things that have been around for ages. Did you know that using plastic for saving leftovers is not safe? It’s also an industry that is very harmful to the environment.

glass food - 5 Items for the Ultimate Sustainable Kitchen Makeover

Instead of using plastic, switch to glass. Glass storage is a sustainable option that won’t stain and it is safe.

Wipe it Off with Cloth

Oh, the ever-present paper towel and serviette. Can you even begin to imagine how many paper towels and serviettes end up on landfills? Exactly. It’s like the unwanted gift that continues to give while taking from forests.

Instead of using paper, switch to cloth towels. Not only is it more efficient, but it can also be used for years, and not only once.

Stick to French Press

There are a lot of coffee snobs out there who refuses to drink anything but filter coffee. But others may argue that French Press is much better in every single way. Not only does a coffee machine mess, but you use paper filters every time you make a brew.

french press - 5 Items for the Ultimate Sustainable Kitchen Makeover

Instead of buying all those filters, switch to making your cuppa joe in a French Press. It tastes better, and it’s better for the environment.

Get a Compost Bin

Finally, your newly renovated sustainable kitchen will be incomplete without a compost bin. When you plan your remodel, be sure to include it in your plans. This will allow you to throw any scraps of food, peels and so on in the compost bin.

Instead of wasting and throwing food away, place a compost bin underneath the sink where you can throw any compostable items to be re-used in your garden.

At Communitas Coalition, we are passionate about sustainable living, building and design. We hope you are eager to get started using your new sustainable items in your newly renovated green kitchen.

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4 Top-Rated Sustainable Buildings Around the Globe

eco building light - 4 Top-Rated Sustainable Buildings Around the Globe

When it comes to sustainable architecture and construction, only a few can truly impress. From high-tech features to green solutions and tiny details, these building designs truly amaze and inspire us.

We’ve found some examples of the very best and highly rated sustainable buildings in Canada and list them here. Let’s take a look at how larger green firms are doing it. Perhaps there is something that can inspire you to spring into action and start living sustainably.

Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building

First, on our list, we’ve got the Vancouver Convention Centre. With the biggest living roof in Canada, the building also uses seawater for heating and cooling. Within the building’s foundations is a fish habitat with a kelp forest.

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, Vancouver

You can’t argue that the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability might have a bit of an upper hand here. The building operates on its own water supply. All the water used in the building is captured rainwater.

Dockside Green, Victoria

The Dockside Green generates its own heating with its own on-site biomass gasification plant. What’s more, the building treats its own sewage for re-use and features showers and faucets that hare energy and water efficient.

Centennial Place, Calgary

The impressive skyscrapers feature loads of green solutions to urban living. Within the building, you will find curtain wall technology, motion sensors on lighting as well as low-flow plumbing fixtures.

Learn more about the benefits of sustainable developments by reading our post on sustainable construction. If you would like to get involved in a greener future, you can become an advocate for Nature Canada.

Top-Rated Sustainable Construction Methods

men at work - Top-Rated Sustainable Construction Methods

Apart from environmental reasons, sustainable construction is becoming a necessity for our wellbeing. The importance of sustainable construction methods is being recognised by larger firms and small contractors alike. But what are the common and top-rated construction methods that are considered sustainable?

Finding a trustworthy contractor who actually applies some of these sustainable methods can be difficult. Be sure to ask for references and any relevant certification before hiring someone for your upcoming renovation project.

Below, we take a look at some of the common and top-rated sustainable building methods implemented by tried and trusted firms and contractors.

5 Benefits of Sustainable Developments

fan big - 5 Benefits of Sustainable Developments

Sustainable building methods and developments are not something new. In fact, the first green buildings and urban solutions were first implemented as early as the 1980s. Yet, there are very few corporations out there that can say that they run things 100% sustainably.

We have reached a crucial point in time, where how we plan, build and live our lives will forever impact the world we live in. It is of utmost importance that corporations, contractors and developers promote and use sustainable building methods for a guaranteed future.

Join us as we take a look at some of the noteworthy benefits of building sustainable developments.

Best Way of Saving Energy

Every aspect of sustainable development is energy efficient. From lighting to sewage, designs and technologies ensure that building dwellers can enjoy energy efficiency year-round.

green building - 5 Benefits of Sustainable Developments

These designs make way for alternative energy sources such as solar power and optimize the usage of natural light. In terms of water, these buildings have rainwater collection systems in place while making use of water-efficient fixtures.

Optimal Use of Materials

Nothing is wasted when it comes to green buildings. When building sustainably, materials used are implemented optimally, and nothing is wasted. All building materials are in fact recycled and renewable.

These building materials do not, however, compromise on the quality of developments and buildings. Developers and contractors implementing sustainable building methods make use of high-quality materials that are not only renewable but also durable.

It Promotes Environmental Health

By focusing on sustainable living, developers find ways in which to construct buildings that promote the well being of the environment. Minimal waste and rubble are but one of the many environmental benefits of sustainable construction.

hand - 5 Benefits of Sustainable Developments

Other environmental benefits include a decrease in pollution and the protection of existing water sources. By building and developing green infrastructures developers and contractors are giving back to the environment.

It Promotes Residents’ Health

The health benefits of living in a sustainably built building or development far outweighs the alternative. Those living in sustainably built dwellings experience the benefit of cleaner air and water to name but a few.

All sustainable building materials do not contain any harmful or cancer-causing toxins. This means that not only the environment but those living in these buildings benefit from sustainable buildings.

It is a Cost-Effective Building Solution

By choosing to build sustainably, business and homeowners get to save money in the long run. It is said that up to 80% of building costs come from maintenance and operational costs. This is however not the case with green buildings.

green bulb - 5 Benefits of Sustainable Developments

When energy-efficient measures like solar power and rainwater collection systems in place, building costs are proven to be much less in comparison. In the long haul, it only makes more sense for your pocket to build sustainably.

As you can see, the benefits of building sustainably far outweigh options that aren’t environmentally friendly. If you are a homeowner, be sure to read how you can renovate your kitchen sustainably.

7 Crucial Ways to Plan a Sustainable Kitchen Renovation Project

kitchen - 7 Crucial Ways to Plan a Sustainable Kitchen Renovation Project

Remodelling any part of your home can be quite a pain. Not only does it take hours of planning, but it can be inconvenient and continue for months. If you’ve decided to go green with you remodel, you’ll have something great to look forward to and keep you motivated.

But how does one ensure that your remodel is sustainable? And where do you even start? Let us help you out with that. In this post, we take a look at seven crucial ways you can ensure that your kitchen renovation is sustainable.

Green Plans for the Future

The very first thing you need to do is the planning. How are you going to transform your lifestyle to match with a sustainable one? Put measures and plans in place to ensure that you can easily adapt to your green kitchen and sustainable life once remodeling is complete.

Tip: Include plans for separated recycled bins, plans for compost and more

light - 7 Crucial Ways to Plan a Sustainable Kitchen Renovation Project

Install Energy-Efficient Lighting

We all know how important decent lighting is in a kitchen, especially if you spend most of your time there. You can reduce your carbon footprint and your power bill at the same time by making use of energy efficient lighting. There are loads of LED light options available.

Flooring that is Sustainable

When it comes to sustainable flooring, you’ll have a wide variety of options to pick and choose from. Whatever your style of preference, the world of sustainable flooring is vast and holds options for every taste. From reclaimed wood to linoleum and concrete, it’s up to you.

Choose Paint That is Low in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

Average household paint contains an estimated 10,000 toxic chemicals. Why would you risk you and your family’s wellbeing by using paint that can be harmful? Be sure to check the chemical content of paint before buying, and opt for a paint that is very low in VOCs.

Minimize Building Rubble and Donate

If you are doing a complete remodel, you are probably going to sit with cabinets and other fittings after demolition. Make a list of all the old appliances, cabinets and other elements you want to get rid of and donate it. This reduces the amount of rubble ending up in a landfill.

kitchen appliances - 7 Crucial Ways to Plan a Sustainable Kitchen Renovation Project

Buy Environmentally Friendly Appliances

Re-kit your newly renovated kitchen with energy-efficient and environmentally friendly appliances. You’ll be surprised to learn how many options you have, ranging from ovens to fridges and dishwashers.

Hire Contractors Who Build Sustainably

From the design to demolition and rebuild, make sure every aspect of your remodel is green by hiring professionals. You’ll be able to reduce your carbon footprint considerably by hiring a team of green contractors to ensure your new sustainable kitchen is built sustainably.

We’re sure you are excited to see your new kitchen and enjoy living more sustainably in the near future. If you are overseeing the renovation yourself, be sure to have a look at some of our top tips for sustainable construction projects. This provides an overview of essentials during a green construction project.

If you would like to get involved in more sustainable projects, visit the Sustainability Network and see how you can donate or get involved. As responsible citizens of the world, the onus is upon us to ensure that future generations can enjoy a green and safe planet.

Our Top 4 Tips for Sustainable Construction Projects

bulb with leaf - Our Top 4 Tips for Sustainable Construction Projects

While green or sustainable methods of designing, planning and developing buildings are not new, the practice has become key to the future of the world. The three key elements of sustainable building practices are an environmental impact, social responsibility and economic efficiency.

How do sustainable architectural and construction companies incorporate these elements in their designs and work? By incorporating the four tips listed below, of course.

waste - Our Top 4 Tips for Sustainable Construction Projects

Minimize Waste Disposal

If you’ve ever visited any building site, you’d understand that the amount of waste and building rubble during construction is quite a lot. To minimise the waste disposal, construction companies can repurpose the waste by weighing and sorting after completion of a project.

Efficient Spaces is Key

In designing buildings and spaces with efficient space top of mind can have a massive impact on construction and sustainability. It not only reduces the space used, but also the materials, time and waste generated. Every aspect of sustainable design is undertaken to make optimal use of space.

rack - Our Top 4 Tips for Sustainable Construction Projects

Make Use of Green Building Materials

By using sustainable building materials, contractors minimise their carbon footprint during construction. There are loads of recycled and renewable construction materials available, which decreases toxic materials while reducing C02 emissions.

Make Use of Sustainable Energy Sources

Use renewable energy sources while the construction project is underway. The design of the building should also be built with energy efficiency top-of-mind. Include solar panels and ensure the structure gets sufficient natural sunlight. This is not only good for your pocket, but for the environment too.

There are a lot of industry professionals who offer expert services when it comes to designing, planning and building a development sustainably. Cities are looking at ways that they can create green infrastructure solutions to decrease the impact of fuel emissions. Get involved with greener development solutions by joining the Global Compact Network Canada.

installing - Our Top 4 Tips for Sustainable Construction Projects

Are you busy renovating your kitchen? Here’s a list of items any sustainable kitchen cannot be without. Remember, no matter how small your first step towards sustainability, every small step is important for a better future. By implementing the tips above you are making a difference.

5 Items for the Ultimate Sustainable Kitchen Makeover

modern kitchen - 5 Items for the Ultimate Sustainable Kitchen Makeover

If you are renovating your kitchen with sustainability top-of-mind, chances are you are also going green in all aspects. Sustainable construction is, of course, important, but what happens after the kitchen has been renovated and you continue with your day-to-day?

Do you slip back into old habits, using products that are not only harmful to you, but also to the environment? We’ve become very aware of what we use, how we use it and what the consequences are, and rightly so.

By making tiny little adjustments in our daily lives, we are able to minimise our carbon footprint and help our environment. This is not only important for our health, but it is also important for the future of the planet and future generations.

new kitchen - 5 Items for the Ultimate Sustainable Kitchen Makeover

In this article, we highlight products that are essential and will fit your newly renovated sustainable kitchen like a glove. Let’s help make the world a better place, one small step at a time.

Keep it Fresh with Beeswax Wraps

The use of clingwrap has come with us and passed on from one generation to the next. Don’t you think its about time to stop it in its tracks? Plastic is harmful to the environment and a complete waste.

Instead, make your own beeswax wraps to keep leftovers and other foods fresh and dry in the fridge.

Dodge the Tupperware, Switch to Glass

Plastic Tupperware is another one of those things that have been around for ages. Did you know that using plastic for saving leftovers is not safe? It’s also an industry that is very harmful to the environment.

glass food - 5 Items for the Ultimate Sustainable Kitchen Makeover

Instead of using plastic, switch to glass. Glass storage is a sustainable option that won’t stain and it is safe.

Wipe it Off with Cloth

Oh, the ever-present paper towel and serviette. Can you even begin to imagine how many paper towels and serviettes end up on landfills? Exactly. It’s like the unwanted gift that continues to give while taking from forests.

Instead of using paper, switch to cloth towels. Not only is it more efficient, but it can also be used for years, and not only once.

Stick to French Press

There are a lot of coffee snobs out there who refuses to drink anything but filter coffee. But others may argue that French Press is much better in every single way. Not only does a coffee machine mess, but you use paper filters every time you make a brew.

french press - 5 Items for the Ultimate Sustainable Kitchen Makeover

Instead of buying all those filters, switch to making your cuppa joe in a French Press. It tastes better, and it’s better for the environment.

Get a Compost Bin

Finally, your newly renovated sustainable kitchen will be incomplete without a compost bin. When you plan your remodel, be sure to include it in your plans. This will allow you to throw any scraps of food, peels and so on in the compost bin.

Instead of wasting and throwing food away, place a compost bin underneath the sink where you can throw any compostable items to be re-used in your garden.

At Communitas Coalition, we are passionate about sustainable living, building and design. We hope you are eager to get started using your new sustainable items in your newly renovated green kitchen.

Latest Posts

4 Top-Rated Sustainable Buildings Around the Globe

eco building light - 4 Top-Rated Sustainable Buildings Around the Globe

When it comes to sustainable architecture and construction, only a few can truly impress. From high-tech features to green solutions and tiny details, these building designs truly amaze and inspire us.

We’ve found some examples of the very best and highly rated sustainable buildings in Canada and list them here. Let’s take a look at how larger green firms are doing it. Perhaps there is something that can inspire you to spring into action and start living sustainably.

Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building

First, on our list, we’ve got the Vancouver Convention Centre. With the biggest living roof in Canada, the building also uses seawater for heating and cooling. Within the building’s foundations is a fish habitat with a kelp forest.

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, Vancouver

You can’t argue that the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability might have a bit of an upper hand here. The building operates on its own water supply. All the water used in the building is captured rainwater.

Dockside Green, Victoria

The Dockside Green generates its own heating with its own on-site biomass gasification plant. What’s more, the building treats its own sewage for re-use and features showers and faucets that hare energy and water efficient.

Centennial Place, Calgary

The impressive skyscrapers feature loads of green solutions to urban living. Within the building, you will find curtain wall technology, motion sensors on lighting as well as low-flow plumbing fixtures.

Learn more about the benefits of sustainable developments by reading our post on sustainable construction. If you would like to get involved in a greener future, you can become an advocate for Nature Canada.

Top-Rated Sustainable Construction Methods

men at work - Top-Rated Sustainable Construction Methods

Apart from environmental reasons, sustainable construction is becoming a necessity for our wellbeing. The importance of sustainable construction methods is being recognised by larger firms and small contractors alike. But what are the common and top-rated construction methods that are considered sustainable?

Finding a trustworthy contractor who actually applies some of these sustainable methods can be difficult. Be sure to ask for references and any relevant certification before hiring someone for your upcoming renovation project.

Below, we take a look at some of the common and top-rated sustainable building methods implemented by tried and trusted firms and contractors.

5 Benefits of Sustainable Developments

fan big - 5 Benefits of Sustainable Developments

Sustainable building methods and developments are not something new. In fact, the first green buildings and urban solutions were first implemented as early as the 1980s. Yet, there are very few corporations out there that can say that they run things 100% sustainably.

We have reached a crucial point in time, where how we plan, build and live our lives will forever impact the world we live in. It is of utmost importance that corporations, contractors and developers promote and use sustainable building methods for a guaranteed future.

Join us as we take a look at some of the noteworthy benefits of building sustainable developments.

Best Way of Saving Energy

Every aspect of sustainable development is energy efficient. From lighting to sewage, designs and technologies ensure that building dwellers can enjoy energy efficiency year-round.

green building - 5 Benefits of Sustainable Developments

These designs make way for alternative energy sources such as solar power and optimize the usage of natural light. In terms of water, these buildings have rainwater collection systems in place while making use of water-efficient fixtures.

Optimal Use of Materials

Nothing is wasted when it comes to green buildings. When building sustainably, materials used are implemented optimally, and nothing is wasted. All building materials are in fact recycled and renewable.

These building materials do not, however, compromise on the quality of developments and buildings. Developers and contractors implementing sustainable building methods make use of high-quality materials that are not only renewable but also durable.

It Promotes Environmental Health

By focusing on sustainable living, developers find ways in which to construct buildings that promote the well being of the environment. Minimal waste and rubble are but one of the many environmental benefits of sustainable construction.

hand - 5 Benefits of Sustainable Developments

Other environmental benefits include a decrease in pollution and the protection of existing water sources. By building and developing green infrastructures developers and contractors are giving back to the environment.

It Promotes Residents’ Health

The health benefits of living in a sustainably built building or development far outweighs the alternative. Those living in sustainably built dwellings experience the benefit of cleaner air and water to name but a few.

All sustainable building materials do not contain any harmful or cancer-causing toxins. This means that not only the environment but those living in these buildings benefit from sustainable buildings.

It is a Cost-Effective Building Solution

By choosing to build sustainably, business and homeowners get to save money in the long run. It is said that up to 80% of building costs come from maintenance and operational costs. This is however not the case with green buildings.

green bulb - 5 Benefits of Sustainable Developments

When energy-efficient measures like solar power and rainwater collection systems in place, building costs are proven to be much less in comparison. In the long haul, it only makes more sense for your pocket to build sustainably.

As you can see, the benefits of building sustainably far outweigh options that aren’t environmentally friendly. If you are a homeowner, be sure to read how you can renovate your kitchen sustainably.

7 Crucial Ways to Plan a Sustainable Kitchen Renovation Project

kitchen - 7 Crucial Ways to Plan a Sustainable Kitchen Renovation Project

Remodelling any part of your home can be quite a pain. Not only does it take hours of planning, but it can be inconvenient and continue for months. If you’ve decided to go green with you remodel, you’ll have something great to look forward to and keep you motivated.

But how does one ensure that your remodel is sustainable? And where do you even start? Let us help you out with that. In this post, we take a look at seven crucial ways you can ensure that your kitchen renovation is sustainable.

Green Plans for the Future

The very first thing you need to do is the planning. How are you going to transform your lifestyle to match with a sustainable one? Put measures and plans in place to ensure that you can easily adapt to your green kitchen and sustainable life once remodeling is complete.

Tip: Include plans for separated recycled bins, plans for compost and more

light - 7 Crucial Ways to Plan a Sustainable Kitchen Renovation Project

Install Energy-Efficient Lighting

We all know how important decent lighting is in a kitchen, especially if you spend most of your time there. You can reduce your carbon footprint and your power bill at the same time by making use of energy efficient lighting. There are loads of LED light options available.

Flooring that is Sustainable

When it comes to sustainable flooring, you’ll have a wide variety of options to pick and choose from. Whatever your style of preference, the world of sustainable flooring is vast and holds options for every taste. From reclaimed wood to linoleum and concrete, it’s up to you.

Choose Paint That is Low in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

Average household paint contains an estimated 10,000 toxic chemicals. Why would you risk you and your family’s wellbeing by using paint that can be harmful? Be sure to check the chemical content of paint before buying, and opt for a paint that is very low in VOCs.

Minimize Building Rubble and Donate

If you are doing a complete remodel, you are probably going to sit with cabinets and other fittings after demolition. Make a list of all the old appliances, cabinets and other elements you want to get rid of and donate it. This reduces the amount of rubble ending up in a landfill.

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Buy Environmentally Friendly Appliances

Re-kit your newly renovated kitchen with energy-efficient and environmentally friendly appliances. You’ll be surprised to learn how many options you have, ranging from ovens to fridges and dishwashers.

Hire Contractors Who Build Sustainably

From the design to demolition and rebuild, make sure every aspect of your remodel is green by hiring professionals. You’ll be able to reduce your carbon footprint considerably by hiring a team of green contractors to ensure your new sustainable kitchen is built sustainably.

We’re sure you are excited to see your new kitchen and enjoy living more sustainably in the near future. If you are overseeing the renovation yourself, be sure to have a look at some of our top tips for sustainable construction projects. This provides an overview of essentials during a green construction project.

If you would like to get involved in more sustainable projects, visit the Sustainability Network and see how you can donate or get involved. As responsible citizens of the world, the onus is upon us to ensure that future generations can enjoy a green and safe planet.

Our Top 4 Tips for Sustainable Construction Projects

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While green or sustainable methods of designing, planning and developing buildings are not new, the practice has become key to the future of the world. The three key elements of sustainable building practices are an environmental impact, social responsibility and economic efficiency.

How do sustainable architectural and construction companies incorporate these elements in their designs and work? By incorporating the four tips listed below, of course.

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Minimize Waste Disposal

If you’ve ever visited any building site, you’d understand that the amount of waste and building rubble during construction is quite a lot. To minimise the waste disposal, construction companies can repurpose the waste by weighing and sorting after completion of a project.

Efficient Spaces is Key

In designing buildings and spaces with efficient space top of mind can have a massive impact on construction and sustainability. It not only reduces the space used, but also the materials, time and waste generated. Every aspect of sustainable design is undertaken to make optimal use of space.

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Make Use of Green Building Materials

By using sustainable building materials, contractors minimise their carbon footprint during construction. There are loads of recycled and renewable construction materials available, which decreases toxic materials while reducing C02 emissions.

Make Use of Sustainable Energy Sources

Use renewable energy sources while the construction project is underway. The design of the building should also be built with energy efficiency top-of-mind. Include solar panels and ensure the structure gets sufficient natural sunlight. This is not only good for your pocket, but for the environment too.

There are a lot of industry professionals who offer expert services when it comes to designing, planning and building a development sustainably. Cities are looking at ways that they can create green infrastructure solutions to decrease the impact of fuel emissions. Get involved with greener development solutions by joining the Global Compact Network Canada.

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Are you busy renovating your kitchen? Here’s a list of items any sustainable kitchen cannot be without. Remember, no matter how small your first step towards sustainability, every small step is important for a better future. By implementing the tips above you are making a difference.

5 Items for the Ultimate Sustainable Kitchen Makeover

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If you are renovating your kitchen with sustainability top-of-mind, chances are you are also going green in all aspects. Sustainable construction is, of course, important, but what happens after the kitchen has been renovated and you continue with your day-to-day?

Do you slip back into old habits, using products that are not only harmful to you, but also to the environment? We’ve become very aware of what we use, how we use it and what the consequences are, and rightly so.

By making tiny little adjustments in our daily lives, we are able to minimise our carbon footprint and help our environment. This is not only important for our health, but it is also important for the future of the planet and future generations.

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In this article, we highlight products that are essential and will fit your newly renovated sustainable kitchen like a glove. Let’s help make the world a better place, one small step at a time.

Keep it Fresh with Beeswax Wraps

The use of clingwrap has come with us and passed on from one generation to the next. Don’t you think its about time to stop it in its tracks? Plastic is harmful to the environment and a complete waste.

Instead, make your own beeswax wraps to keep leftovers and other foods fresh and dry in the fridge.

Dodge the Tupperware, Switch to Glass

Plastic Tupperware is another one of those things that have been around for ages. Did you know that using plastic for saving leftovers is not safe? It’s also an industry that is very harmful to the environment.

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Instead of using plastic, switch to glass. Glass storage is a sustainable option that won’t stain and it is safe.

Wipe it Off with Cloth

Oh, the ever-present paper towel and serviette. Can you even begin to imagine how many paper towels and serviettes end up on landfills? Exactly. It’s like the unwanted gift that continues to give while taking from forests.

Instead of using paper, switch to cloth towels. Not only is it more efficient, but it can also be used for years, and not only once.

Stick to French Press

There are a lot of coffee snobs out there who refuses to drink anything but filter coffee. But others may argue that French Press is much better in every single way. Not only does a coffee machine mess, but you use paper filters every time you make a brew.

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Instead of buying all those filters, switch to making your cuppa joe in a French Press. It tastes better, and it’s better for the environment.

Get a Compost Bin

Finally, your newly renovated sustainable kitchen will be incomplete without a compost bin. When you plan your remodel, be sure to include it in your plans. This will allow you to throw any scraps of food, peels and so on in the compost bin.

Instead of wasting and throwing food away, place a compost bin underneath the sink where you can throw any compostable items to be re-used in your garden.

At Communitas Coalition, we are passionate about sustainable living, building and design. We hope you are eager to get started using your new sustainable items in your newly renovated green kitchen.