Cost / Guides

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

Ventilation & air exchangers

...cost you maybe $20 to $30 at most hardware stores. If you have an issue, crack your window a bit for now until you sort it out. Humidifiers, dehumidifiers and air purifiers are available to deal with some of these issues. A dehumidifier will cost between $200 and $300 to purchase, and maybe $10 to $15 a month to oper...

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles installation just got easier
Solar photovoltaic

Tesla solar roof gains ground with target of 1000 solar roofs / week

...cost? The working figures for the cost of a Tesla roof is $21.85 (USD) per square foot , which, is about 5 times the price of the cheapest and shortest-lifespan shingle roof you can find. But don’t get sticker shock before getting the full picture… and bear in mind that these are most suitable for new-build or when a...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...costs to be the same. In addition, current building standards are much more stringent than they were decades ago (though they still need improvement), so the annual operational costs would be lower with new homes. Finally, a very common mistake we see is people estimating construction cost based on a per square foot ...

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...cost of an EnerGuide home energy evaluation. To help homeowners and build on these measures, the 2021 Federal Budget also proposed $4.4 billion over 5 years, starting in 2021-2022, to help up to 200,000 homeowners complete deep home retrofits in Canada through interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to make poorly-built...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...cost to the consumer; indirectly, the costs are exponentially higher through environmental destruction and the costs that come with it. Depending on the type of product, some used building materials will save you a lot of money and add character to your home, some will at times cost more and add absolutely nothing, e...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...costs only a few dollars and can stop air leaks around doors and window frames without sealing them shut. Pay particular attention to older doors and sliding doors - the draft strips are often perished or missing. Plumbing fixtures & aerators: If you have older taps or shower heads, they could be costing you a ton of...

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...cost-effective, not to mention a lot more environmentally friendly and loved by the all-important bees! Succulents can be a lawn alternative in low traffic areas “The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost! Lawn care requires on average: 4 to 5 liters of water per 10sqft , which puts a h...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...cost-effective solution that could (and should) be applied to basement foundations as well, as it would help reduce heat loss by keeping basement walls at a much higher temperature. In addition to significant cost savings during construction, a slab-on-grade will reduce the risk of problems caused by humidity and wat...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...costs. The issue isn't about durability but rather comfort and cost due to heat and energy loss. Positive air pressure in a home in summer will force cool air out and have those same impacts on your comfort or your cooling cost. Positive air pressure in houses in winter is the biggest problem . The difference betwe...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...costs. Those are not insignificant savings, and even though a system may at first seem costly, you will often recoup your money in as little as 2 years. Most homes already include programmable thermostats, so how is controlling it remotely such a big advantage? Because very rarely are those programmable thermostats p...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...cost more to operate than a conventional wood-framed house - so a shipping container home might seem like a cheap Tiny House option , but will probably end up costing more once heating and cooling is taken into account. Now you know more about whether Shipping Container Homes are Good or Bad :- Find more pa...