Cost / Guides

Real estate

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

...cost savings that may come from eliminating a daily drive might make affording a better house possible if you consider gas, parking, vehicle depreciation and maintenance. A great website for evaluating how well a neighbourhood will meet your needs is Walk Score ; it will help with some of the above, but it will also ...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...cost you less than a 'normal-sized' house, but when you calculate it by square foot it's often double the price. You can build a house for plus or minus $200-250 per square foot, but tiny houses can easily creep up to $400 or more per square foot. That's due to the economy of scale and the baseline costs that don't go ...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...cost a lot more than we had anticipated and took a lot longer than expected—a nearly universal complaint of those involved with such projects—but we are very happy with the outcome. We moved in around the first of January, 2014, just in time to give the superinsulated house a real test in what would turn out to be on...

The Archipod
Tiny house

Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

...cost and inconvenience of commuting to work continues to escalate, the advances in networking technology are making the possibility of working from home a viable alternative to schlepping ourselves to the office. When we consider eliminating the daily commute, the benefits are clear. We can simultaneously decrease ro...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...costs for residents and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. I applaud these nation leading efforts" says Chris Higgins, CaGBC Program Leader of LEED for Homes Canada. Building codes for construction should be seen in the same light as minimum wages are for salaries. Neither represents the higher end of their scale, rat...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...cost compared to additional measures required after project completion. 10.1 No HVAC in garage: Place all air-handling equipment and ductwork outside of the fire-rated envelope of the garage. Awareness & Education (AE) 1.1 Basic operations training: Provide basic training for future occupants on the operation...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...cost as a site-built house. And Le Refuge was designed and optimized to arrive on a flatbed truck fully finished and ready to move in - oozing practicality and high-end finishes and specification without all the hassle of DIY or penny-pinching. Le Refuge is is certainly compact, but it doesn't feel it, with it's larg...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...cost. But it will almost certainly save someone a lot of money at some point whether that's you, your kids or a future occupant, and it can be a selling feature. Some features are cheaper to add than others, so if you are on a tight budget, do what you can. At the very least put some thought into flexible design and ...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...cost for home solar power generation has led to a dramatic increase in the rate of installations, for both residential and commercial use. Increasing the yield through reflection could make that an even more affordable energy supply option. Most of the advances in solar power production come from increasing the effic...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...cost less to install than what you would spend for other full house high-efficiency heating systems. See other videos such as DIY radiant floor tube installation and episode 1 of our green home building guide, how to build a passive solar home . Read more about Ecohome's LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , Passive s...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...cost you quite a bit more than a conventional toilet, and prices vary so shop around. Dual flush toilets are now common on the market and priced competitively. A few years ago you would have paid triple the price for an efficient toilet, but now they are now pretty much on par. and can use up to 67% less water than a...