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Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

Choosing between buying, building or renting 1. Building a new home. Building a sustainable and energy efficient house is not necessarily more expensive than building a house simply to meet provincial building codes. Many new home starts have achieved far superior performance while still coming in the same or lowe...

Real estate

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

...choosing exterior siding . Type and condition of roof: Shingles don't have a very long life span, so see how close they are to needing replacement. Metal roofs are far more durable and have a much longer lifespan. More here on choosing durable roof coverings. Windows: Quality is hard to judge by sight, but look to ...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...windows, electrical and plumbing openings, and seal any cracks. Close all your windows during the heat of the day, and get your fresh air at night. Pay attention to the temperatures inside and out, and wait until it's actually cooler outside to open up the windows. Block out the sun during the day with opaque curta...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...windows and doors , replacing old inefficient doors and windows, install electronic thermostats and dimmer switches, install water-reducing and dual flush toilets (see our data sheet), choose ENERGY STAR certified appliances, these upgrades will offer a net savings by reducing your monthly bills. Using low or zero VO...

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...windows and doors , for example, which is an essential part of building a more efficient home . Choosing a contractor by doing a web search for ‘green builder’ with your local region will in no way guarantee quality and experience, but it will narrow the search a bit because the 'green' builders will for sure market ...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...windows open. Seal air vents: At least during the time work is happening, covering vents (unless they are operational) will reduce a build up of dust that will be spread around your house long after construction is complete. Dirty air ducts © Ecohome Material selection: This is less about what you will breath...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...Choosing the best skylight: The first thing to realize is that getting the best skylight on the market will not 'save' you energy, it will help mitigate damage. The only way a skylight will save you energy and headaches is if you leave it in the store and don't mess around with the continuity of your roof. Light ...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...windows. Did you know that the inside of a home generally has three to four times the dangerous pollutants and small particles of the outside world. Building materials, finishes, carpets, furniture and computers can all off-gas in our homes for years . Let fresh air circulate through your home as often as possible. If ...

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

Ventilation & air exchangers

...choosing between an HRV & ERV system, see here Indoor air quality is important for many reasons: Preventing moisture issues such as rot and mold Preventing damage to windows from condensation Preventing respiratory illnesses caused by interior contaminants Reducing heating costs by not heating...

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

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...windows are complimented by carefully calculated roof overhangs at the eaves. Affordable Prefab Green Eco Home Abri model Floorplan with Solarium and south-facing deck © Studio MMA On the north facing side, this cleverly designed prefab kit home turns it's back on the cold; and with it's high placed windows the...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...windows, plumbing and electrical penetrations. This is an easy way to plug holes in your air barrier that you can’t possibly see - from as small as a human hair to as big as a half-inch wide. The airflow in the home is monitored in real time by the blower door computer. Depending on the building size, the number of l...