Cost / Guides

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

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...cost and some physics problems in cold climates. If you are going to install one, knowing those challenges will help you rise to them. Any window or skylight is a breach in your building envelope, so great care should be taken for long term durability and performance. Below are some valuable tips for window installat...

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...costs Cause moisture damage in walls Allow pollutants and debris to collect in wall interiors provide openings for insects and rodents to enter Carelessly installing your choice of air barrier products pretty much ensures that you won't have one, as there are few aspects to building enclosures that are less f...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet?

...cost. That would also permit us the opportunity to stand behind this thing with confidence if it really works as they claim. For example - were the company to run a test for a month or so in a particular city (or better yet multiple cities), with a turbine placed at a proper height, and measure the energy collected, it...

HOUS.E+ by Polifactory
Wall assemblies - new construction

Rammed earth house

...cost of the materials we choose to build with. The cheapest flooring you can find may very well be Canadian wood, but it might have made a return trip to China for manufacturing. Similar to the 100 mile diet which encourages people to eat local, the 100 mile house competition challenged participants to design a home ...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...cost a bit more. I can't think of one box store where you can walk in and find formaldehyde-free cabinets, non-toxic carpets, and sofas without fire-retardants or chemical stain protection. The unfortunate truth is that these products will be harder to find, and more expensive. What we offer here is a reminder and en...

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

...cost difference whether installation happens at the time of construction or a retrofit at a later date. An added benefit is that this system also removes methane, sulfur (the rotten egg smell) and iron. System cost: Normally, when you get to the part about cost, everyone's shoulders will slump a little as the 'pref...

Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

...cost of using a crane. Some retailers will offer a free crane install for tanks over a specific size, below that size you may have to pay separately for the cost of the crane ,but this shouldn't be terribly expensive as it is likely a pretty quick proceedure in most cases. Tanks can be partially buried – up to a thir...

How to Find & Order In-Stock Essential Products Online COVID-19 & Coronavirus

Life Hacks to help stay Eco during COVID-19 Quarantine & Ordering Online

...cost and the length of delivery. Also worth remembering, is that when you take a free trial with Amazon Prime this adds a whole group of products available with free delivery, special offers and gives easier and free returns on certain products which is always useful - plus, while we're all stuck in the house, ...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...cost to have an energy audit? Conducting an energy audit on an average-sized single family home will take about three or four hours to conduct and will likely cost you between $225 and $400 USD at full price, or about $300 and $500 CAD, depending on the size of your home. But don’t think of an energy audit on yo...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...cost. In most cases there is little need to start lower than 200 grit or go beyond 1,500 grit. Every pass costs you money in pads and labour. So don't get up-sold to a 3,000 grit finish by a charming contractor with lots of time on their hands. You probably won't see the difference in the finish but you'll definitely s...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...cost effective, there aren't as many financial incentives as with other programs. However there is nothing to stop you from pursuing LEED at the same time and having access to some of the financial benefits that come with brand recognition. If you achieve LBC certification you'll have no problem earning LEED certificat...