Costs / Guides

Suzlon's LEED Platinum wind power living laboratory in India
Lifestyle and environment

Green Building is accelerating around the world

...costs and create a building that holds its value for longer than comparable non-green buildings. Creation of Green Product Markets and Business Benefits As green building has grown, so have the markets for new products, innovations and services. In 2012, 89 percent of global industry professionals report using or s...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...costs on heating as well as cooling. Intensive green roof (with garden): Pros: It blocks UV rays and reduces the heat island effect, offers good acoustic and thermal insulation, and the deeper soil allows for food production and good absorption of rainwater, reducing your storm water runoff. Cons: A vegetable g...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...costs. Their effectiveness in this capacity has been well-documented in moderate climates such as in Europe or even in the milder regions of the United States. However, it's a very different story in Canada or cold climates! Here is what you can realistically expect from a solarium during each season in a cold northern...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...costs are low and they are extremely durable. Some masonry stoves in Europe are up to 500 years old and still in operation. You can also incorporate an oven into your masonry heater and cut down on your cooking costs, not to mention still being able to cook during a winter power outage. Placement of a masonry stove...

Reduced carbon concrete Patio blocks and CMU
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

...costs are actually lower. Just 30 Solidia Concrete blocks will absorb 22 kg of CO² during the production phase (240 kg of CO² per 1000 kg of cement), equivalent to the absorption of a single tree in one year. (And talking of Trees, if you're more inclined to build or maintain a wooden deck, check out our 10 Tips for ...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...costs can be significant , and that will continue to grow just as the frequency and severity of extreme heat advisories grows. The environmental impact and greenhouse gas emissions from home cooling systems is not limited to carbon emissions from the energy they use. Air conditioners and heat pumps contain fluoridate...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...costs. However, moving parts fail; therefore, your maintenance costs may be higher as well. This is definitely a discussion worth having, and a good reason to ensure that there is a good warranty if you go with a tracking system. Also worth considering, is a pole mount that has room for additional panels beyond your ...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...costs. *We say almost always, but as an example, the Ecohome Edelweiss House uses less energy for heat than most homes use for domestic hot water. Learn about the efficient heating strategies here. A house with 60% of its windows facing south ( passive solar ) may have its heating requirements reduced by as much as...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...costs). In 5 years the investment is paid and you will keep an extra $400 a month in your jeans for as long as you live in the home. That is a simple equation to answer one simple question of when the actual money spent will be back in the bank. Beyond that, a well-insulated house is, for many reasons, usually more d...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...costs, which will negate a lot of the energy savings from the free passive solar heating. In the design phase you can determine which parts of your floors and walls will be exposed to the sun in winter, and place materials there that will absorb thermal radiation. Darker materials with heavy mass like concrete, stone...

Net Zero Homes - Canada's first certified Net Zero House in BC
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...costs, energy use and environmental impact . The net zero homes program supplements the existing Energy Star and R-2000 certifications, encouraging developers and builders of single-family houses and small multi-unit residential buildings [MURBs] to raise their own standards, and those of the construction industry as...