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Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...ather seal & air seal windows and doors , for example, which is an essential part of building a more efficient home . Choosing a contractor by doing a web sea...

Choosing between OSB or Plywood for house sheathing for Roofs, Walls & Floors.
Wood and organic materials

Which is better, OSB or Plywood for Roofs, Walls & Floors?

...a material is classified as a type II vapour retarder, which is suitable for use as what is exclusively known as a 'vapour barrier' on a work site, the standard...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...air leaks before drywall is installed, so any necessary air seal repairs can be made. Minimum standards must be met for certification and points are awarded for...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...and can cause damage to the interior of walls as many litres of water carried in warm air can pass through even the smallest of holes in a heating season. A h...

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

Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates

...al staircase and upper as well as lower deck area which has partial cover from the midday sun. Fine for a warm climate tiny house, but I can't see that starcase...

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...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...ay take some negotiating with your regional municipality and even a minor variance, but you can certainly build smaller than the national average and maybe smal...

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...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...Any new advance in house construction has to be scalable and not stray too far too quickly from the current norms that builders are familiar with. What are Ne...

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...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

Diminishing returns on insulation. How much insulation is too much?

...at picking grapes at the exact same moment that another Ontarian is being chased by a polar bear across frozen tundra. And in order to meet building code standa...