Costs / Guides

the installation of a LucidPipe power generator via Lucid Energy

Portland, Oregon will Soon Generate Hydroelectric Power in Water Pipes Under City Streets.

...costs the city has seen in its delivery of water to residents.This pilot project is slated for completion in June of 2013, and will generate enough power to run 150 homes. In the past decade water utility costs have gone up 83% in Portland, and an increase of close to 50% is expected over the next 5 years. Revenues s...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...costs, which is very reasonable considering the expected reductions in operational costs of between 20% to 25% versus a code-built house. The Passive House design kit: The city has assembled a climate specific reference guide for architects and designers, to help them attain the performance levels required for cert...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...costs. More and more people are inquiring about utility costs when renting, so making these upgrades increases the value of the property and makes it easier to rent when you leave. These are affordable solutions that will help to reduce your bills and the ecological footprint of your home. Renovation tax credits an...

BC Energy Step Code - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...costs that will fall on the homeowner. Aspiring young homeowners shouldn’t lose sleep over this either though, additional costs for better performing buildings should effectively be offset by long-term energy efficiency and lower utility bills. For part 9 buildings (smaller mixed-use homes and commercial buildings), ...

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 and even if some will save more than others, each tip on their own will save on energy use to some percent – And as they say, there’s no such thing as a small economy! We found a large choice of money saving solar pool heaters online here and we have a guide on saving energy for swimming pools and hot tub opera...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...costs and improved quality of life. A long Canadian winter seems shorter with a bright sunny home. Cons: Poorly designed, these homes are prone to overheating. Moreover, this system is difficult to adopt in existing houses. Lifespan and cost: No extra costs, and it will continue to provide heat as long as your home...

The Elegant Farm hydroponic bottle garden

Hydroponic bottle gardener launches kickstarter campaign

...costs 3¢ a week in electricity and grows greens, herbs and vegetables indoors year-round. Furthermore, it's handmade in Canada using natural, biodegradable and recycled materials. Jesse Herbert’s experience in environmental technology development informed his approach to product design, with a particular focus on tak...

Why build LEED?
LEED Homes

Why build LEED?

...costs when making home purchases. LEED Certified homes have a higher level of satisfaction from occupants, and consequently less call backs from dissatisfied clients that end up costing the builder money. Given the level of investment a home represents, home buyers are naturally nervous. And deservedly or not, there ...

HERD Home energy rating disclosure
Grants and incentives

Ontario's Home Energy Rating and Disclosure plan (HERD) is great news for home buyers

...costs it is impossible to predict with any accuracy what your monthly expenditures will be. This will no doubt create many jobs in the energy auditing field (which currently has little hope of meeting such demand), it will also inject life into the construction industry as home upgrades are carried out, encouraging h...

House built by Matthew Smith of Mapleridge Homes
LEED Homes

LEED comes to the gatineau hills

...costs though, these homes will likely leave the competition far behind. “We are aiming for at least Gold, and if all goes well maybe Platinum.” says Matthew Smith. “We will have a better idea after consultations with our providers at Ecohabitation.” The first home to be raised will be in partnership with Maison Orf...

LEED Canada on the rise
LEED Homes

LEED Canada shows strong growth during summer of 2015 including first LEED® v4 certified project

...costs, while providing healthier interior spaces for employees and travelers alike. Centennial Place in Calgary, AB, which certified LEED Platinum. This project, which certified in the Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance category, is a 1.3 million sq.ft, two-tower office complex located in the Eau Claire dis...