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Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...ay. When that happens successfully, it can mean the team gets an additional half hour of build time a day, time that adds up fast - and a clean building site, w...

Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home insulated by Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...Building above grade on a slab can be a much cheaper starting place than a basement, and leads to a more comfortable and durable home. For greater details check...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...ade solar air-heated radiant floor. Natural building materials reduce emissions The use of plant-sourced raw materials also brings another major advanta...

LEED Homes

LEED project eligibility

...and understanding the rating system can help you from the initial stages, even as early as picking a location to build. But a project already underway is still ...

CaGBC, LEED green building trends
LEED Homes

New report shows Canadian green building market growing steadily with owners seeing strong benefits from building green.

...ata, benchmarks, and analytics, including Dodge MarketShare™, Dodge BuildShare® and Dodge SpecShare®. Construction data is available for North American and glob...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...and heat pumps contain fluoridated gases, which have a heavy impact on climate change. Mechanical climate control cooling systems will always have a place in ho...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...A market study by AVID Ratings Canada for the Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) surveyed 12,000 homebuyers across Canada to see what Canadians are look...

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

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...atures that make you feel a bit more like you are outdoors; skylights are great for that. If they are operational and within reach, they can also act as an exha...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...all seasons and conditions. Drainage planes (building paper, house wrap, etc.) allow any moisture that does accumulate behind siding a chance to drain away ha...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...anada: Powerhouse or CaGBC Zero Carbon? Just over a year ago, the Canadian Green Building Council officially launched the new standard on Zero Carbon building...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...automatically when it starts to rain, as well as open automatically if the temperature goes above 22C. An important part of certifying homes to LEED standards...