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Aerial view of BRE Innovation Park Living City Campus
Lifestyle and environment

Seven experimental homes being built at the Living City Campus North of Toronto find a duplex called The Archetype Sustainable House (ASH) . The twin houses act as a living laboratory with more than 400 calibrated sensors that monitor th...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...ave signed the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda. Additionally, The United States Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of states and unincorporated se...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...and in many cases the advantages can outweigh the disadvantages. We also have an air-to-water hybrid electric heat pump hot water heater that borrows that eff...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...ave all the appropriate components , including an air barrier, a vapor barrier /vapor control layer, well balanced insulation, and be attached in a way that doe...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...away from the house or towards it? There should be at least a 5% grade away from the foundation so surface water will drain away and not towards your foundation...

The Fincube tin house
Tiny house

The Fincube off-grid tiny house

...atural material create a unique changing ambience throughout the course of a day. The flat roof design allows for a green roof or the installation of solar pane...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives is available both in Quebec and Ontario : Free Energy Assessment; cash-back for any renovation labeled Rénoclimat leading to a loan of at least $40,000 or a ...

Aeratron AE2 ceiling fan

Ceiling fans and air circulation- video

...around. Our air source heat pump and our heat pump water heater work together in boosting the efficiency, and the ceiling fan is a big part of making that happe...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...all or partially by yourself, if there is an aspect that you are really not familiar with, you can always find a subcontractor on your own to get past intimidat...

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

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified alternative to similar surfaces available on the market. They are non-porous, as durable as granite, resistant to scratches and heat, and made usi...

Real estate

Real estate

...ace: being close to parks and waterways Soil conditions and topography to avoid flooding Stay away from flood plains Backyard privacy and greenery Sun e...