Buying a home / Guides

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...a net savings. Not to mention a final product that will be far more durable and have greater resale value. If you plan to build a healthy, high performance ho...

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...

Choosing a home and neighbourhood
Real estate

Shopping for a home? Some tips for finding the right house and neighbourhood

...ace: Being close to parks and water ways Soil conditions and topography to avoid flooding Stay away from flood plains Backyard privacy and greenery Sun ...

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?

...a series of stylish & affordable prefabricated sustainable green kit homes that are able to meet Passive House certification standards in North America and atta...

Real estate

Downsizing your home: buying tips for seniors

...ant. That's an important benefit for older adults who may need to undertake some aging-in-place remodeling. And as a homeowner, you still have the ability to ta...

Lifestyle, location and commuting

Home-buying tips for seniors looking to downsize

...ave a walk-in tub or shower? You should also look for homes that are a single-story, have wide doorways to accommodate a walker, and have lower cabinets and cou...

Real estate

Real estate

...ace: being close to parks and waterways Soil conditions and topography to avoid flooding Stay away from flood plains Backyard privacy and greenery Sun e...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...a sacrifice you are making. A green home usually translates into financial savings and improved quality of life. And it all starts with a home of a reasonable s...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...A market study by AVID Ratings Canada for the Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) surveyed 12,000 homebuyers across Canada to see what Canadians are look...

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...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...as created in the early 80’s by the Canadian Home Builders' Association and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). R-2000 is a government run program that encourages...