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.

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

Sensible design, material re-use and using recycling centers can reduce what you send to a landfill.

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Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

Passive-Aggressive House

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

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Patio stones with very low greenhouse gas emissions
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

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

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Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil
Healthy indoor air quality

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

Kunos oil from Livos is a natural oil for floors, counters and furniture

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Canada's first Net Zero Home
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled house in Canada

A Saanich, BC. home is the first certified with the CHBA's Net Zero Label

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Concept, design and architecture

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

Planning and budget tips for home building and renovating

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Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort and convenience

Intelligent home devices allow you to control your home remotely, and send you notices of problems

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Natural pigment clay paint
Healthy indoor air quality

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

Natural paint is non-toxic, cheap and easy to make and provides a beautiful texture to walls.

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Professional services

Concept, design and architecture

How to stay on budget when building a home

Advice from a green building project manager: how to develop a construction budget and stick to it.

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Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

Finding used building materials on classified lists and through online brokers

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Tiny house

The best tiny house we've seen so far

DIY tiny houses move to the next level as an architecture student introduces digital design and fabrication into the mix.

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