Buying a green home / Guides

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...a point for buying local, LEED has a limit of 800km by truck or 2400km by rail or water for the transportation of building materials. This can serve to limit material choices somewhat, Italian marble for example won't win you any points. This new Cambrian Black granite quarry is located in Saguenay and operated by Po...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...affordable heating system for a house, and the most sustainable for the future. Is buying a new gas furnace a good idea? A gas furnace may last anywhere from 15 to 30 years, but the average life expectancy is 20 years. Also, choosing to add gas to a home means adding additional energy infrastructure, and with that ...

Real estate

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

...an they are underneath; they can be cleaned but that's a cost you should factor into an offer price. Bathroom water damage: Does it have wood around wet areas? Are there signs of water damage anywhere? Are toilets and faucets modern low-flow models ? If appliances come with it, take out your phone again and take a ...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

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

...and walls that leak heat and moisture. A reasonably-sized house: We just can’t stress this enough — a smaller house is a more efficient house. A smaller house means 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 a...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...ave a detailed material list: Draw up a precise list of the necessary materials, with prices and the name of the store where you will get them. Don’t leave material selection to the last minute as product availability can be a problem at times, and even more so with higher quality materials that aren’t usually availa...

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 this house as well as any other design. You can see the video showing the insulated slab forms installation and how the solar heated radiant slab on grade syst...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...ach of which has a negative footprint of some kind. As an example - solar panels need to be fabricated using metal, plastics and certain rare earth metals that are in dwindling supply. Windmills have a similar footprint as they are made mostly of steel, along with fiberglass and plastics, and they are seated on a con...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...and potentially very serious for those that already do suffer. Those at the highest risk are children, with young lungs that are still developing. 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 life that a...

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

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...a cold climate and currently have a 2x4 wall with fiberglass batt insulation and you plan to add two inches of rigid board insulation, the ROI could be 5 years - to randomly pick a number. That ROI calculation could be arrived at if it cost $2,000 to buy and install the insulation and it will save $400 a year on heatin...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...As soon as the very experienced and award winning team at Montreal based Ecohabitation began talking to the team at Architects Studio MMA and the manufacturers Bâtiment Pré-Fab, they had one goal - to establish a range of exceptionally sustainable green homes with healthy and high-performance materials and to standardi...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...an make getting around often cheaper and quicker. Access to car share programs is also something to look into that 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 and web resources that encourage and teach green l...