Buying a green home / Guides

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...at many cities across Canada and the U.S. are phasing out wood stoves and imposing very strict rules on emissions in urban areas. An important point to note is that even with quality airtight stoves there is always an increased level of particulate in the air of your home that's pretty much unavoidable. You will alwa...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...a valuable and affordable addition that can alert you to a problem that you may be able to solve easily in time to possibly prevent a basement flood. Many of the smart home automation technologies on the market are very much about convenience, but receiving a smart phone notice of a leak is invaluable, and may afford y...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...an even and total protection. SPUF has a high R value per inch, acts as an air barrier and a vapour barrier. However, it has been known to shrink after application, leaving air gaps and a lack of thermal protection. Another downside to the original SPUF is that some blowing agents have a high global warming potential...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...ant to carefully seal air-barriers in homes , paying special attention to joins and breaks in the membranes – especially where secondary trades have passed after air-barriers were fitted - and by using specialist sealing tape that stays stuck down properly. Last but not least – if you live in a cold climate area that...

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...at means you can get away with installing fewer panels and still have the same yield as a larger fixed array, which most of the time (if not all) is pointing in a less than ideal direction. An additional benefit but quite a valuable one, is that you also avoid having to factor in the durability of roofing materials a...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...and a proper installation will have a huge impact on how they perform and how long they last. Suspended film windows: Suspended film thermals are an alternative to triple pane thermals, where rather than glass, a virtually weightless transparent film creates an additional sealed chamber of air. They can come with m...

Saving Energy in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Our Top Tips to Save Money
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Top tips for energy efficient swimming pools - reduce pool cleaning & running costs

...ation system and catch debris via their own built-in canister. They efficiently eliminate debris and pollutants like algae and bacteria, without generating much heat or producing harmful gases. They use only as much energy as a standard light bulb, an average of about 197 kWh per year. This also prevents wear and tea...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...achand and his mother Sylvie Bernatchez, a family-run business that specializes in organic farming and the distribution of saffron and paprika. Greenhouse construction: In order to expand the family business, Teasdale and Bachand bought an old metal greenhouse structure from a retired farmer in the area. The greenh...

Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...an even and total protection. SPUF has a high R value per inch, acts as an air barrier and a vapour barrier. However, it has been known to shrink after application, leaving air gaps and a lack of thermal protection. Another downside to the original SPUF is that some blowing agents have a high global warming potential...

Smart Door Lock Buying Guide - Easy DIY Project
Mechanical systems

Smart door lock buying guide

...afe? Smart homes and home automation are becoming common terms and are a growing trend in green home construction for reasons of safety, energy-efficiency and convenience , but the capability of opening doors remotely does raise legitimate concerns for homeowners. Smart locks are as solid and safe as standard deadbol...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...an agricultural waste product that currently has very little value , it can’t even be used as feedstock due to a lack of nutritional value. Anytime organic waste materials are converted into useable materials it sequesters carbon (acts as carbon storage), having a positive impact on the fight against climate change, of...