Automation / Guides

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...automation and a lot more control over their living environment. With that comes increased comfort and higher energy efficiency. It might seem a little intimidating at first to those of us who only had to worry about turning off the stove when we left the house, but once you get used to an automated home, you won't w...

Smart Homes, Technology & UV can Help Reduce COVID-19
Cleaning and maintenance

Keep homes cleaner & safer with smart home features & UV light

...automation devices . Learn more about home automation and maintaining healthy indoor air quality here: Smart homes & devices - energy efficient automated home design Choosing better home furnace filters to help stop virus spread 'Smart' sewage backup and flood prevention devices How to maintain ...

Smart Door Lock Buying Guide - Easy DIY Project
Mechanical systems

Smart door lock buying guide

...automation are becoming common terms and are a growing trend in green home construction for reasons of safety, energy-efficiency and convenience , but the capability of opening doors remotely does raise legitimate concerns for homeowners. Smart locks are as solid and safe as standard deadbolt locks, the difference is o...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...automation features such as programable thermostats, door locks, even skylights and blinds can be controlled remotely to help passively heat and cool a home. The cool Hydraloop can be monitored and even controlled by an app on your phone, allowing you to prioritize the delivery of recycled gray water and direct it to...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...automation. Details here. Kitchener: Residential homes certified to LEED standards will receive a financial incentive in the form of a grant. The amount of the grant is incremental dependent upon the level of certification. Details here . Guelph: Rainwater Harvesting Rebate Program Enbridge: Incentives available ...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...automation than relying on human intuition. It can also improve your indoor air quality since you don't need to open the doors to add fuel, which can allow smoke into your home. One disadvantage of pellet stoves over wood stoves is that the hopper requires power to load pellets. So in the event of an extended power o...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...automation technologies on the market are very much about convenience, but receiving a smart phone notice of a leak is invaluable, and may afford you the time to rectify it and avoid costly basement flood repairs. The one thing we would recommend is to go for a recognised brand name mains powered high water Alarm where...

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

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

So what is a smart home? When paired with intelligent and connected home devices, the phones that most of us carry in our pockets can make our homes safer, more comfortable and durable, and reduce our home energy consumption by as much as 30% if carefully configured and specified. Heating systems and lights can be...