Costs / Guides

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

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...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, except perhaps help ease the burden on ...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...costs, as you would have one machine doing the job previously done by two. This can also help you save basement storage space, as heat pumps are typically smaller than an equivalent gas furnace and air conditioner combo. Other interesting advantages include increased indoor air quality, since there are no fuels being...

How to choose the best home EV charger or EVSE?
Lifestyle, location and commuting

EV home charging stations & How to decide which is the best EVSE for you

...costs down without much effort by charging at times during the day when electrical rates are low. Some smart chargers are able to be programed to only charge at off-peak hours to keep your EV fueling costs down. EVSE charger power, what's the best choice? Experts in the field suggest choosing an ESVE with at least ...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

More and more homebuyers are starting to demand energy-efficient new homes and are pushing the building industry towards building better homes with lower fuel costs . Building Zero Net Energy homes is also a trending subject, and they are starting to become more common as societies transition away from carbon-based ec...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...costs for this Passive House design: The Naugler House cost $2,140.82 less to heat per year than a house of the same design, on the same site, built to code. The $178.40 per month saved on heat more than pays the additional monthly mortgage payment of $152.00 to build to the Passive House standard. The above calculat...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...costs about $40/sheet, whereas the Nugreen (formaldehyde-free) product runs about $54. We used around 30 sheets of melamine for this job, so that the increase in the cost of the melamine was $504. One alternative to be considered is also formaldehyde-free plywood - which can be supplied as pre-finished formaldehyde-fre...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...costs less for homeowners to purchase. String ribbon solar cells have the same basic composition of polycrystalline solar cells, but are formed out of thin strands of silicon and therefore use less silicon than other traditional solar panels. This process is relatively complex, so the price of string ribbon panels is...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...costs, and save the material and labour costs of framing a new structure. Pre-war homes usually have more divided interiors (as they often housed very large families), but don’t let that instantly dissuade you from re-using the existing structure, as load bearing walls can be removed and replaced with supporting beams ...

Lifestyle, location and commuting

Home-buying tips for seniors looking to downsize

...costs of modifying the home before you make an offer on it. Moving into a new, smaller home doesn’t have to be a strain on your mental health. By planning ahead with your downsizing and decluttering and getting a good idea of what your wants and long-term needs are in a home, you’ll be on your way to enjoying your go...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...costs for residents and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. I applaud these nation leading efforts" says Chris Higgins, CaGBC Program Leader of LEED for Homes Canada. Building codes for construction should be seen in the same light as minimum wages are for salaries. Neither represents the higher end of their scale, rat...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...costs when oriented for passive solar heat gain . Some kit houses we feature are Passive House ready , and some like Le Refuge, are built ready to meet the LEED for Homes rating system requirements in terms of energy efficiency, healthy indoor air quality and the use of sustainable building materials - which also mea...