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Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

Water and moisture wreak havoc on homes, affecting function, durability and our health. Given that kitchens and bathrooms are the main source of humidity, we need to put extra thought into designing these rooms so they consume less, last longer, and help us maintain healthier homes. Durable water resistant surfaces wi...

Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop
Kitchens

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

...bathrooms merits a second look when building or renovating sustainably for a greener home, see here for details . Now you've learned about the sustainable ECO countertop from Cosentino, for more help in choosing other types of sustainable & green countertops for kitchens & bathrooms , carrying out sustainable non...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

The most common kitchen counters you will find in homes are traditional laminate countertops. And they certainly live up to the adage ‘you get what you pay for’, as most of them still contain a lot of formaldehyde and they aren’t very durable. Maybe the latest generation of laminate countertops for kitchens & bathroom...

Choosing a home and neighbourhood
Real estate

Shopping for a home? Some tips for finding the right house and neighbourhood

...bathrooms, true value goes far beyond that. Energy efficiency - ask to see utility bills Quality heating equimpment and affordability in operation Exterior durability - building enclosures and water management Interior air quality Interior durability - water resistant surfaces in wet areas Interior design...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...bathrooms, because it is water-resistant and easy to clean. It’s even used on kitchen countertops. But linoleum manufacturers didn’t update their designs for changing tastes, and vinyl flooring made from PVC became more popular in the 1960s and early 1970s. For those who are uncertain about why vinyl is never a good ch...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...bathrooms and square footage; not many prospective buyers ask existing homeowners to cough up their utility bills, or developers to cough up energy modeling figures. If they did, then we would all see the merit of buying better performing houses. And here's the really crazy part - building better houses means more mo...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...bathrooms merits a second look when building or renovating sustainably for a greener home. Having looked through the options, we realized that laminate counters have made a pretty strong recovery of late, certain manufacturers having paid lot's of attention to the sustainability and toxicity of the materials used, an...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...bathrooms to facilitate safety handles. Universal access doors (36") and spacious bathrooms. Under-counter openings for wheelchairs. There is no question that incorporating flexible design features into new home construction will add some cost. But it will almost certainly save someone a lot of money at some po...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

Mold in homes is a bad sign so how to get rid of it or prevent mold in drywall? Mold and mildew in homes develops in conditions of high humidity , most often in bathrooms, kitchens and basements, unless caused by roof leaks and other building envelope failures. Along with affecting the durability of your home, mold ...

Heat pump hot water heaters, why they're a good idea
Plumbing and water heaters

How heat pump hot water heaters work and why you should get one

...bathrooms, a heat pump water heater can recyle this air, drying it and removing the heat in one operation while heating hot water for the next bath or shower, so we think they're a good idea overall, but you may also want to consider tankless on demand hot water heaters for which there's a guide here . Now you know a...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...bathrooms. If you already have one installed and it appears to be 'leaking', before you hire someone to jump on the roof and start solving problems that may not exist, put on your lab coat and try some interior forensics first. Is there a lot of condensation on it? Does it only seem to 'leak' in cold months even when...