Planning & Designing Green Homes
This section of the Green Building Guides helps define the steps for building resilient, sustainable & healthy homes. If building a new house, improving or renovating an existing home, choosing a building lot or finding Green homes for sale, there are priorities to set & decisions to make - like what's the best wood to use for framing, whether to choose a basement or slab on grade foundation & especially, how to fix and keep to a home building budget. Think to ask questions too!
Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?
If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E (High solar gain) coatings?
How do you design and build a home on a very small budget?
Do you buy used materials? They are in very good condition.
Looking for great reasonably priced way to heat an off grid home
How do I find a green builder in my region?
Installing a quartz kitchen counter in a toxic-free way. Can this be done?
When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?
Are air purifiers a good option for keeping my apartment air cleaner?
Planning and Design
While building LEED certified houses, Passive House, Passive Solar, ZNE - or any other types of Green certifications & rating systems for better homes can be complicated, the guides are designed to help make building better homes easier by providing practical guidance and information... Even experienced contractors may find building sustainable, resilient, high-efficiency homes daunting so it's probably going to look complicated, but there are many simple, affordable, energy saving & "good practice" home-building construction tips in the Green Building Guides that will improve just about any home.