2020 / Guides

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...2020 initiative, which is an effort to make Vancouver the greenest city in the world by 2020. We hope they succeed, and that other cities find inspiration in their efforts. Read more about Passive House certification, the BC Energy Step Code , or sustainable building practices in the Ecohome Green Building Guides , a...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...2020, are perhaps best described as sustainable construction design philosophies, tools, and even education. So below is a list of green building trends for 2020 and product improvements that we are pretty excited about. These either arrived in 2019, made serious ground in 2019 or are expected to be released in 2020. S...

Earth day celebrations for 50th Anniversary
Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...2020 have gone the way of schools, work and socializing; we will all have to meet online. How to celebrate Earth Day 2020 at home As most of us are unexpectedly confined to our homes, with many of us struggling to keep kids entertained and learning, there is no better time to undertake Earth Day activities with fam...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...2020 Breaking News: New Canada Greener Homes Grant Scheme 2021 announced - see here for how to apply and eligibility requirements or see here for the $40 000 interest free home renovation loan scheme in Canada Whatever the politics, we are thrilled to see the Net Zero Home Grants and energy-efficient home upgrade i...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...2020 , Dodge Data & Analytics just released the findings of a landmark study on prefab and modular construction . The Prefabrication and Modular Construction 2020 SmartMarket Report (download below) was published with the support of Bradley Corp., the Modular Building Institute, Pinnacle Infotech, MCAA and Skender and ...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

With so many of us being forced to work from home, this has brought many changes to our economy, our priorities and our lifestyles. Not only is there a sudden interest in how to set up a home office , but other green lifestyle choices are popping up; like growing food at home , and safe transportation in terms of comm...

Quarantine DIY Projects to do with Kids - Refinishing Wood
Interiors

Home improvement projects to do with kids - Refinishing wood

If you are home with your kids like us right now, then you can count yourselves among the lucky ones. A huge round of applause from all of us to the essential workers – the doctors and nurses, the people keeping hospitals clean and running, the grocery store workers, the delivery and truck drivers, the gas station att...

Ottawa Coach Houses with prefab modern tiny house kit homes are available here
Tiny house

Ottawa now allows backyard coach homes & high-end tiny house kits

...2020 is that local prefab modern tiny house kit homes are available here that can be supplied prebuilt and finished, and delivered ready to connect up to services and use in a matter of weeks! Why build a tiny house or coach house? There are a myriad of reasons - in-law suites, rental properties, even getting your ...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...2020 . Some of the policies included in that plan are expanded public transportation, bike lanes, encouraging laneway houses for urban density and requiring all new civic buildings to be zero emissions. The city has also imposed upon itself a more rigorous building code than the national norm, and it is encouraging b...

BC Energy Step Code - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...2020 initiative . BC Energy Step Code Builder Guide Message to BC general contractors about the new Step Code requirements, don’t panic! It’s not that crazy, and before you scratch a hole in your head reading the BC Step Code PDF cover to cover, we’ve condensed it down to a something of a cheat-sheet here to help y...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...2020 if the Liberal's 2019 election promises come to fruition. How is an energy audit conducted? The depth of the audit will depend on what services you have asked an auditor to perform . If you are conducting a home energy audit in order to qualify for green home renovation tax credits and financial incentives, yo...