Extreme weather events / Guides

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change
Planning and Design

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

...weather events. Following are some basic things for the average home owner or buyer to look for if they want to reduce risks to their homes from extreme weather events. It’s worth pointing out that below are all best practices based on a continued increase in weather damage to homes, but regrettably they are often ig...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...weather patterns. Scientific studies indicate that extreme weather events such as heat waves and large storms are likely to become more frequent or more intense with human-induced climate change." Some residents of Lake Erie, NY, were recently trapped in their homes amidst a deep freeze and blizzard that coated hom...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...extreme weather events around the globe have doubled. The frequency and severity of extreme events like storms, floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires are almost exactly double what they were just a few decades ago . When building a new home, what is Resilient? What you can't see in the home, the qua...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...extreme rain events, or a lack of proper rainwater management from roof runoff . A durable basement is one designed to divert any bulk water away from the foundation and to handle the higher humidity levels caused by building below grade. Always design the basic structure in a way that prevents water from entering, t...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

...extreme weather events and unpredictable weather patterns. Snow melt combined with torrential spring rains can lead to very high water tables and consequently, sewage backflow is an increasing danger to homes and the health of occupants. According to the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), sewer backups and basement w...

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

...extreme weather events in a changing climate . Green Home Renovation Tax Credits and Financial Incentives such as this program offer what we believe is the best return on investment for government initiatives for fighting climate change, stimulating the economy, and keeping more money in the pockets of homeowners. So...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...weather events as our climate changes, and all evidence points to that trend continuing. Here we have a list of ways to prepare yourself in the event of grid failure or absence of municipal services. Storing emergency food and water: City water systems will remain pressurized during power failures, but for those on...

Lithium-ion solar home battery
Solar photovoltaic

Lithium-ion solar home batteries

...extreme weather events becoming more common, this can be a valuable asset. New smart battery systems can interact with your home electrical appliances to store energy or release energy when it makes the most sense for you. They can now be programmed to disable high-consumption mechanical equipment like dryers and air c...

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

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...extreme weather events of their specific climates as well. How are climate zones divided in USA & Canada? Using information gathered from 4,775 US weather sites, in the early 2000s, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory created a simplified map separating North America into 8 general...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...extreme insulation in homes is heat security, as extreme weather events in cold months routinely drive residents from their homes for lack of power and heat. Homes that are better situated to retain heat can offer greater comfort for a longer period of time in such situations. Issues and solutions for all basement wa...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...extreme weather events, and some not even during a regular spring melt. The details matter when fitting sump pumps - be sure to have a functioning non-return valve on the outlet pipe to prevent water running into the basement through this line, and better still, make sure that the outlet pipe enters exterior drains awa...