Buying a green home / Guides

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...ans less land to excavate, less materials to manufacture and ship, less space to heat, less space to cool, less taxes to pay, less to clean. And they are always...

Real estate

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

...ades were done; basements are almost always built poorly and will likely have a much shorter lifespan than above-grade walls. Sometimes walls in mechanical area...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...an average air leakage rate of about 3 air changes per hour. Some building rating systems set ACH targets that must be achieved. The Passive House air leakage r...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...allowing people to work from home, such as worker satisfaction and savings on office space. 2. Eat local and grow a garden. One great advantage to having a ...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...assumes baseboards and includes taxes. The cost of borrowing is assumed to be a mortgage at a rate of 3.94% for a down payment of $70,000 and a 25 year amortiza...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...at can make a transition to a car free life a bit more painless. 2. Find green-lifestyle organizations in your area. There are many organizations, groups an...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...a crawlspace (our least favorite foundation design). Legalett insulated raft slabs with air heated floor s are an option available all across North America, for...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...Alaska, that above-average trend has extended for 105 days and counting. Fact: As the nation’s fastest-warming state, according to the Fourth National Climate...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...Asthma rates among children have been climbing at an alarming rate, and home air quality is suspected to be one of the main causes. Renovations are a part of ...

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, virus
Healthy indoor air quality

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

...ating at all), so in general we would have to recommend against washing furnace and home air filters. The higher-rated air filters are paper-based, as that is t...

Climate change impact of diet
Lifestyle and environment

how your diet affects climate change

...ans and lentils! Organic, humane and grass-fed eggs and dairy Organic, humane and grass-fed eggs and dairy have a lower environmental impact than what comes...