Costs / Guides

Saving Energy in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Our Top Tips to Save Money
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Top tips for energy efficient swimming pools - reduce pool cleaning & running costs

...costs will be – one for calculating swimming pool energy costs here , and one for working out hot tub energy costs here . As most of you reading are not in Quebec where power is very cheap, the differential cost of electricity will have to be factored in. But these are still a useful point of comparison for some of t...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...costs more to build, but that's only half the equation. It also costs less to run, and added building costs can be instantly offset by savings in heating bills. So there is actually more money in your jeans at the end of every month, starting immediately, and tons waiting for you at the end of your mortgage. Our engi...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

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

Siding is important! There is no stage of home construction that you should rush through, but if there were, it shouldn't be siding . Whatever type of siding product you choose, purchase and installation is not cheap, so you don't want to do it again anytime soon. Your siding needs to protect your home from the we...

As our climate adapts to human carbon emissions, homes have to change
Lifestyle and environment

Changing homes in a changing climate

We often think of the land underneath our feet as fixed and unmoving. On a calm day, if you sit next to the ocean, it seems quite stationary. It does change though - with the shifting of tectonic plates, erosion, wind, super tides and flooding. These changes are most noticed when we have a large event like a rain, w...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

Housing is an enormous source of carbon emissions, so it is also a place where we have tremendous room for improvement. This building guide will walk you through the steps than can help you minimize your personal emissions as much as possible, whether you are building, buying or renting. Keep in mind, this is not a sa...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

The first step to building a durable and energy-efficient home in North America, including Passive house to PHIUS standards , LEED or Net Zero Homes is knowing your climate zone. Just as we need to wear different outfits in different climates, homes need to be properly designed to meet the temperatures, humidity level...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...costs based solely on the needs of our customers, even at the very beginning stages of conception. © Belvedair JP - What advice would you give readers on how to stay on budget during a construction or renovation project? PR - Obviously it is important to be rigorous in monitoring cos...

Habitat workers raise a wall at the the Red River Ex June 2011
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council announces affordable green housing program

...costs for our low-income working families.” These green homes represent a great opportunity to reduce energy and resource consumption for owners, funding agencies and residents alike, leading to lower utility costs and the potential for significant financial savings. Green developments are also designed to offer supe...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...costs are 50% lower than an R2000 home Results like we are seeing here go a long way to dispelling the myth that building green homes costs more. And as news spreads of how little it cost to build and how little it costs to operate, we may soon hear of more LEED homes in the Yukon. © Forest Pearson ...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...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 as far as keeping material and labour costs down...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...costs (purchase costs of $1000-$1500 or up to around $3000 for an efficient electrical model for a family home, and installation costs of around $1000); (with electrical models) high demand on network and possible need to replace existing electrical panels and wiring (additional costs of around $2000); limited volu...