Green home building guidance

All the green home building advice and guidance you will need for renovations and new home construction can be found in the following categories, starting with step-by-step guidance for high performance home design, all the way to healthy interior finishing.

Planning and Design

This first section of our building guide is intended to act as a platform from which all your next steps become visible. Whether you want to build a new home, improve an existing home, choose a neighbourhood and home to purchase, there are priorities to set and decisions to make that may be intimidating if you are new to it. From lifestyle and location choices to design concepts, this is where to start.

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Foundations and Basements

Whether you are renovating or building a new home starting with a basement or a slab-on- grade, in here you will find the basics on site selection and preparation, excavation, drainage. and radon gas management. Building science is explained to help readers understand the issues that affect energy efficiency and moisture management so you can build healthier basements that will last.

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Walls and Roofs

The structure and design of a building envelope will determine how much it costs to heat and cool your home, and how long it will last. This section contains information about wall designs that will protect your home against the elements, and create an enjoyable indoor environment that is healthy, comfortable and durable.

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Mechanical systems

Mechanical systems and plumbing are at the heart of a home's operation. We cover heating and air conditioning, ventilation, electrical systems, efficient water management and renewable energy production. Informed decisions on design and product selection can affect comfort, efficiency, durability, operational cost and above all, health for occupants.

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Interiors

Interior design, material selection and finishing information is divided into the different rooms of your home. The choice of flooring, cabinetry materials, paints and coatings, doors and moldings and furniture is done primarily with personal appeal in mind. If you combine that with materials that are more durable and healthy, you protect your investment, and the quality of the air you breathe.

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Exteriors

Whatever amount of outdoor space you have and however you hope to use it, we can help you turn it into a functional and enjoyable space. We cover everything from growing food on a balcony to storm water management, solariums, deck building, natural pools and urban farming.

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