Recounting the trials — and joys — of building a Canadian home that meets the "Passivhaus" standard.

Passive-Aggressive House

The Nail Kicker quickly and easily removes nails from old lumber, saving costs on material purchase as well as waste disposal.

Salvaging old lumber with the Nail Kicker

A comeback for radiant floors heated with air tubes

Air-heated radiant floors

This type of concrete reduces the carbon emissions by 70%, fuel consumption by 30% and water use by 80%.

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

A study showed that reflectors on solar panels can increase their performance by up to 30%

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

Whether you are renovating or building a new home, our categorized guide pages can help you through the process. We have something for all projects, from location and design to finishing and landscaping.

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Passive House in Quebec
Recounting the trials — and joys — of building a Canadian home that meets the "Passivhaus" standard...
The nail puller Pneumatic tool for reclaiming old lumbe
The Nail Kicker quickly and easily removes nails from old lumber, saving costs on material purchase as well as waste disposal. ..
Air-heated radiant concrete floor
A comeback for radiant floors heated with air tubes..
Patio stones with very low greenhouse gas emissions
This type of concrete reduces the carbon emissions by 70%, fuel consumption by 30% and water use by 80%...
Solar panel reflectors
A study showed that reflectors on solar panels can increase their performance by up to 30% ..
Presented by SAB Magazine and the CaGBC (Canada Green Building Council), the 2018 Canadian Green Building Awards are open to all...
Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil
Kunos oil from Livos is a natural oil for floors, counters and furniture..
Reclaimed sunken lumber for wood ceiling
Wood is a natural material with no off-gassing and no treatment necessary. ..
These semi-detached homes in Ormstown, Quebec are the result of the collaboration between a school with a vision, an enthusiastic mayor and a small town working towards a generous cause...
Canada's first Net Zero Home
A Saanich, BC. home is the first certified with the CHBA's Net Zero Label..
Disposing of old batteries
How to sort and dispose of household waste responsibly – food waste, paper, glass, paints, solvents, batteries, etc.… here is where to send stuff so it does the least harm. ..
Planning and budget tips for home building and renovating..