Green home guide

This is our step-by-step guide to sustainable and healthy housing whether you are building, renovating or maintaining a home


Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
A green home doesn’t always cost more to build, but always costs less to operate. A healthy efficient home saves money, reduces your carbon footprint and improves your quality of life...
Whether you are building a home, you just bought a home, or you want some energy conservation tips for your apartment, it all starts here. Our tips below will help you get started in designing and planning your project...
Beyond just lower utility bills, there are other financial incentives to buy or build green homes. Here is a list of some federal, provincial and municipal programs that could save or even make you some money. ...
This is exactly the place where a green home is started, in the design phase. Now is the time to put your creativity and ecological convictions into play...
Home construction
Choosing a building team in design and construction: weigh the options between a DIY home build, hiring a general contractor, purchasing a Pre-fab kit. ...
Timber frame home being raised
Choose a structure and building envelope with the best possible energy performance within your lifestyle needs and budget. ...
Blown cellulose insulation in a ceiling
The energy efficiency and sound transmission of a home is determined largely by the construction and insulation of the building envelope. These pages will help you chart a path towards a well-insulated and quiet home...
Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled building materials can add character to a home while you save money and reduce building waste in landfills. ...
Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
The sight of a tree falling can easily trigger something even in the most unlikely environmentalist. Ignoring that visual, wood can be a much greener material choice than many others if you put some thought into selection...
Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
The energy efficiency of your home is greatly affected by doors and windows, so choose well. Here are some tips about what to look for and what to avoid...
Metal roof with solar panels
Choose durable roofing materials that will last through wind, precipitation and exposure to U.V rays. ...
Designed by Jang Wooseok, water from the sink fills this toilet.
Water efficient toilets, compact plumbing design, low-flow fixtures, grey water recovery and rainwater harvesting. There are lots of ways to save water in a home...
Design ideas that can help you build a durable, healthy and efficient home
Many systems for controlling the air quality and temperature in our homes are intertwined. Here is a look at some of the options for efficiently heating, cooling and bringing fresh air into your home...
Naturally finished red oak floors
Find healthy and durable flooring that is right for you.The following is list of the pros and cons, durability,cost and lifespan of various flooring materials. ...
Interior solid pine door
Whether you are renovating or building, the materials you choose for interior finishing will affect not only aesthetics, but also indoor air quality. Here is a look at the pros and cons of the different materials you will have to choose from...
Painting with zero VOC Natura paint from Benjamin Moore
Choosing zero VOC paints and finishes for your home ensures safer indoor air quality...
Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
We spend an average of 90% of our time indoors, where air is usually 3 to 4 times more polluted than outside air. Building practices and building materials can lead a building up of VOCs, chemicals, mold and mildew in our homes. ...
Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchen and bathroom design can have a significant impact on your energy and water consumption, as well as the durability and air quality of your home. ...
These guide pages are intended to help you find the most efficient and affordable options for pretty much anything that runs on power, and the best ways to generate power yourself. ...
Board and batten siding
Choose the best siding for your house - here are some tips on products, cost and durability. ...
Urban farming
Sustainable home landscaping has permeable surfaces, doesn't require a lot of watering, and ideally incorporates rainwater collection. Urban farming means you can eat what grows there, and that's even better...