Cost / Guides

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...costs to keep it to a higher operating temperature. Each degree rise in temperature equates to an approximate 15-18% increase in energy use and operation cost. So, while an 88°F pool is lovely & warm, it will cost a lot more to heat than a pool set to warm to 85°F. Everybody has their own “thermostat” and comfort lev...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...Cost comparison between wood and drywall: Here is a general comparison (without tax and material delivery fees) between installing wood or drywall, based on 1,000 square feet of ceiling. Of course, this would vary depending on local material and labour costs, as well as ceiling height and complexity - so if you think...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...Cost of cedar siding: Due to the size of shingles and the cost of cedar, you can expect to pay around $27 to $40 per square foot installed. Lifespan of cedar siding: In and around 50 years, much longer with treated shingles and proper installation. Note: In this writer's experience, a step that is often missed in...

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?

...cost doesn’t really go up much. All you need to do to improve the air seal is take your time and be a bit more careful, and what’s the point of taping the joints of a membrane if you don’t do it well and it still leaks air? Buying better quality building tapes is also a very good idea; they stick better and last longer...

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters

How to price a sustainable kitchen countertop? As a professional cabinetmaker, I have often been asked how much a kitchen costs . There is no accurate answer of course, though when pressed, I would have to say somewhere between $18-30,000. The size of your kitchen, material choices and your taste in finishing makes ...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...Cost, affordability and payback Construction costs: The construction budget, not including excavation, septic and well is $200,000. By regional standards this is low for its size, savings realized by simplifying design features help keep costs to a minimum. A simple 2/12 single-pitch roof is low-hanging fruit a...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...costly, not very efficient, not very sensible, but if they fill your heart with joy then we encourage you to live your dream. A homeowner relaxing in his crawlspace. Or wait, maybe spelunking, it's often hard to tell the difference. What’s more durable, a slab on grade or crawlspace? If you read anywhere onli...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...Costs & Warranty comparison for SunTegra solar shingles Install price: SunTegra doesn’t list the cost on their website, but numbers circulating around the web indicate $3.65 per Watt. Product warranty: 10 years. Power output warranty: 25 years. So is Tesla the best solar roof? Most manufacturers of solar ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...costly, not very efficient, not very sensible, but if they fill your heart with joy then we encourage you to live your dream. Help save the spider population by building a crawlspace What’s more durable, a slab on grade or a crawlspace? If you read anywhere online that they are comparable in terms of durabili...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...cost will range from $65 to $130 (US) per square foot, installation not included. Visit Silistone . Silestone Counters are hard wearing, scratch and stain resistant and sustainable © Cosentino Icestone glass kitchen counters These recycled glass countertops are made of small pieces o...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...costs. Pine floor © Custom harwood floors by Jeffries Pros: Pine flooring is cheaper than hardwoods and is most likely local wherever you purchase it in Canada. It is a beautiful wood with a lot of character and a warm tone. You may not think it makes a difference, but it is actually a bit easier on the feet th...