At all levels, housing and the environment are inextricably linked. A growing number of architects, designers, developers, builders and homeowners are working to reduce the environmental impact of housing through innovations in design – using technologies and materials that weren't available even a decade ago.
This movement goes by several names: Ecological housing; Factor four housing; Green housing; Healthy housing; Low emission housing; Passive housing; Zero emission housing, and so on. The common theme is to lower environmental impacts throughout the lifecycle of a house – from site selection through design and materials choices, construction, operation, maintenance and demolition.
Low Impact Housing began as a study of this common theme and a survey of recent advances in the design and construction of homes – in Canada and throughout the world.
About the Low Impact Housing database
Low impact housing profiles on this site are collected from submissions and online sources. In the summer of 2004 an invitation to participate was sent to ±2400 professionals and professional organizations. In the spring of 2005 an update was sent to ±4900. The current database is a result of this outreach effort. Due to the value of this research the database remains open to submissions.
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