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...affordable way to break into the housing market. You can increase the value of your home while at the same time reducing its operating costs. Be sure to have a home properly inspected before purchase so you aren’t buying a nightmare, and see about getting a prioritized list from a home inspector so you know which iss...

DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video
Flooring and stairs

Cork flooring installation - the eco-friendly flooring choice, with "how to" video

...affordable and agreeable Eco-friendly flooring choices available. The Edelweiss House is a slab-on-grade concrete floor covered with 1/8 thick pre-finished cork tiles from Lusimat, installed with a Zero VOC GreenForce adhesive from Bostik. We thank them both for taking part in this project, helping us reach our targe...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...affordable, and that "natural gas" is a clean(ish) energy source, but for how long? There is no way to determine the cost of heating with fossil fuels in to the future, or how reliable they will be. So, beyond reducing the carbon footprint of homes to mitigate the effects of climate change, there is still the issue o...

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...affordable option than what is offered by local utilities. Much of the appeal of private power generation is resilience and personal security by being able to run the systems of your home in the case of grid failure. That brings us to the elephant in the room - storing power affordably, safely, and with limited envir...

Under bed storage
Interior design and furnishing

Storage ideas for small spaces

...affordable or even more so. Staircase storage shelves © crookedbrains.net

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...affordable to build and operate. If you are afraid to limit your home size in case your living situation changes, you can simply make your home ready for change. Even in the city, you can build a "flexible" home, which has been designed for quicker and easier expansions and changes. Take a look at our page on flexibl...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

Prefab Home kits are ideal for Passive House or LEED certified homes Écohabitation the French language Quebec affiliates of EcoHome, in conjunction with experienced Architects & Kit home manufacturers, have launched a series of Canadian Manufactured stylish & affordable, prefabricated sustainable green kit homes tha...

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

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...affordable, longer lasting, more comfortable and low toxicity homes and buildings which waste significantly fewer building materials and create less waste during construction. It's for this reason that we are promoting awareness of the high-efficiency and LEED, Passive House and Zero Net Energy ready prefab and modul...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...affordable to own, operate and maintain R - Resilient - designing to withstand the normal and extreme stresses a building will face in its lifetime (temperature, precipitation, wind, seismic events, UV exposure, etc.) E - Engaging - we only maintain things we like, so a building must be designed for quality of life...

Shipping Container Homes in a Warm Climate might be a good option
Tiny house

Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates

...Affordable modern prefab green homes for cold climates Are shipping container homes good or bad? All about Tiny Houses & Laneway Homes Ontario clarifies building-code for permits for laneway homes & legal Tiny Houses in Toronto Tips for a successful green home build Resilient design featur...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...affordable energy supply option. Most of the advances in solar power production come from increasing the efficiency of the photovoltaic cells; the goal being to increase the watts produced per panel. Joshua M. Pearce, professor of engineering at Michigan Technology University, recently published an article in Green B...