Damage / Guides

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...damage Envelope design eliminating interstitial condensation Polished concrete floors, stairs, window sills, doors, showers and countertops LED lighting (LED bulbs have an extremely long lifespan as well as being energy efficient) Triple pane fiberglass windows Stainless steel exterior door thresholds Aspha...

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters

...damage. Granite must be sealed periodically, and being a natural stone, colours will vary by region and quarry. Also beware "cheap" laminated granite counters - they are much more prone to cracking and staining with red wine or hot oils. Quartz $2500-$6000 Similar in price and durability to granite, quartz ...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...damage that comes with it. In summer however, with the combination of hot, humid days and air-conditioned, dry interiors, the vapour drive reverses and can force moist air inwards through your insulation where it can condense on a cold and impermeable vapour barrier. Ideally we'd have no vapour barrier in summer; but...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...damage your house by chewing their way through it, and they are considered a health hazard as they can carry disease. T raps are obviously effective, but if a population is well-established, you may find you are not correcting the problem unless you take major steps in eradication; sealing openings and eliminating thei...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...damage. In warmer climates like southern Ontario or the southern coastal regions of BC, you don't have as great a concern with outdoor winter temperatures, but in northern climates heat pumps may need to be accompanied by backup heating coils for when the temperature drops below their functional operational levels. T...

DIY Natural Earth Pigment Paint, Making it at Home is Easy
Healthy indoor air quality

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...damage and even cancer. In addition, if cans and leftover paints are not disposed of properly, they contaminate groundwater. As for ‘Low VOC’ paints that can be found at your local hardware store, you might notice that they still smell toxic and can still give you headaches. And for what reason? I’ve learned that tha...

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...damage inside of walls © Ecohome In addition, if you leave gaps at the sides of your insulation at the studs, around windows or electrical boxes, you will be allowing small convection loops of air to take place within the wall which will increase heat transfer, further sucking heat from your home. Air convection lo...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...damage during high winds or require engineering to be securely mounted to roof trusses. We would strongly advise you to consult a structural engineer before installing solar collectors in an elevated position off the sloped roof. This approach is typically done to achieve better performance during the winter. In mo...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...damage a high pressure laminate countertop in a kitchen or bathroom - imagine what it's doing to you, the user, and your family - and go find an eco-friendly alternative! Now you've learned about how to choose the best laminate countertops, for more help in choosing other types of sustainable & green countertops fo...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...damage from severe weather events due to climate change is four times higher in 2019 than it was ten years ago, now averaging $1.8 billion a year over the last decade. In order to build resilient homes better suited to handle climate change , the Liberal Government has made the following commitments: Implement a lo...

Commuting after Lock-down in the new Covid-19 World
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Green commuting - getting back to work after social distancing is relaxed

...damage and wear they cause to roads and the smaller amount of road area they require. By fitting bike racks on the front of buses, transit agencies can also significantly increase the areas they can serve, although the public use of transit may not recover quickly after Covid-19, so its questionable how much tose will ...