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Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...althier and safer, a better investment for your family, and more sustainable for the community. There are many great developers out there. Chris Higgins works with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) as the LEED Canada for Homes Program Leader and collaborates with the LEED Canada for Homes Technical Committe...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...ams that provide eligible low-income households with a free home assessment, water conservation measures, programmable thermostat and weatherization services (e.g., insulation and air sealing). Adaptive Thermostat program for Enbridge customers that offers participants a $75 incentive for the installation of an adaptiv...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...and how a Stirling engine works, imagine a steam engine where water is boiled, and steam turns a piston. A Stirling engine heats and cools gas, and the gas expands and contracts as that happens. As the gas is heated by the thermal battery, it expands and forces a piston. Gas is cooled in the cycle, then re-heated again...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...al buildings, and many are already using gabion walls for structures and even aesthetic accents now. So this may increasingly become a popular building trend as it's certainly easier than trying to build a dry stone wall for most people. They are also more frequently being seen installed in urban areas and parks as p...

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

...and exterior cladding. Cascadia Clips from Cascadia Windows in Vancouver are the biggest name in fiberglass thermal spacers you will find across Canada and the U.S. so the concept has in a way adopted the brand name, but there are others brands of wall insulation thermal spacers such as Armatherm Z Girt available, pi...

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

...are cyclical, in that you need some basic and accurate information before you get into details. Having an initial maximum budgetary comfort-zone for your new sustainable home build is the starting point, then getting an idea of lot costs in your targeted build areas, and finally getting some ballpark figures for the ac...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...aulking: Air leaks account for an enormous amount of heat loss in a home , and can lead to condensation and mold in walls in cold climates . In a really leaky house, a tube of caulking might even pay for itself in a day or two. On a windy day check for drafts around windows and doors, and see where your efforts are bes...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...and public transportation. Many cities have passed legislation allowing pilot programs for back yard coach houses , or laneway houses (Vancouver, Canada being an excellent example) . In a landmark appeal case in December 2019 Ontario BCC has clarified building-code making the rules easier to get a permit for legal la...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...axi Forest , natural wood planks Formica Canada - Green Laminate Products Clean indoor air quality and ventilation Both the EPA & Health Canada recommend healthy Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for the short and long-term health of homeowners and their families. Beyond carefully selecting the materials in a kit home for...

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

...available that are each uniquely designed for superior performance and sustainability, with a focus also on maintaining healthy indoor air quality for occupants. Comfort and quality of life for residents should always be a top priority for home design, and the good news is that healthy, comfortable homes usually mean...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...Architects & Kit home manufacturers, have launched a series of Canadian Manufactured stylish & affordable, prefabricated sustainable green kit homes that are able to meet Passive House certification standards in North America and attain LEED V4 Platinum Certification in cold climates like Ontario, New York, Vermont, Ma...