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Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...green homes costs more. And as news spreads of how little it cost to build and how little it costs to operate, we may soon hear of more LEED homes in the Yukon....

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...built can be difficult and expensive to upgrade. Houses built on slabs are a fairly new concept so there are not that many out there done poorly, but they do ex...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...Greenhouse gas emissions: The way the grid operates is that your home is effectively fed by the closest power source. Meaning, if you live next to a nuclear p...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

Homes built in the last 40 years in Canada are relatively airtight . Before that we generally relied on leaky uninsulated walls to provide fresh air and preven...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

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

...greener than a lot of the 'green' homes that lie outside of urban centers. Downtown urban living isn't for everyone, so by all means live the way you want. Bu...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...built passive solar home, it’s possible to provide all your heating needs. Pros: Undeniably green, very low maintenance. Can be combined to heat your home a...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...built addition, with an energy-efficient wall assembly that includes large, high-quality windows. If your desire is to use a solarium as a makeshift greenhous...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...built below grade. The greatest source of moisture to contend with above grade is the warm, humid air generated by cooking, washing and simply breathing. Belo...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...greenhouses built in cold climates , they have a tendency to overheat in the day but sometimes get too cool at night for young plants. Keep in mind that it is m...

Vapor retarder latex primer instead of polyethylene sheet
Air and vapour barriers

Replacing polyethylene vapour barriers with latex paint vapor control

...built in Canada right now that does not have it, or something equally impermeable to moisture. This doesn't mean that there aren't other options out there, they...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...built on site, and likely take one to several weeks to complete. Planning for a masonry heater should be in the design phase if possible, as that weight require...