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Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...at list should be the names of potential professionals you may need on your team – architects, designers and general contractors. Once you have that preliminary team in place, get them all in one room – or at least electronically - to make sure they play well together and are all on the same page. This is such a valuab...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...ace. A Passive House owner in Juneau gets to use more energy heating their home than a homeowner in El Paso, while the Alaskan has a much smaller allowance in the cooling department than their counterpart in the south. Were one to give a pair of sandals and a pair of winter boots to an Alaskan and a Hawaiian, would...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...a half-day and a day to install the drywall, one worker 3 days to do 3 coats of mud, and 1 day of sanding. That’s a total of about $2,400 for material and labour, but you haven’t applied paint yet. To do one coat of primer and two finishing coats you’d need 8 cans and it would easily take a day and a half with taping...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...al, and given the amount of time humans spend indoors I welcome features that make you feel a bit more like you are outdoors; skylights are great for that. If they are operational and within reach, they can also act as an exhaust vent in summer for releasing stale warm air. The benefits of skylights are real, but tha...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...A market study by AVID Ratings Canada for the Canadian Home Builders' Association (CHBA) surveyed 12,000 homebuyers across Canada to see what Canadians are looking for when they go house shopping. We were pleased but not at all surprised by the results - here they are: The top 10 assets that homebuyers value: 1. Wa...

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)

...atch and release (far from your home). The live traps that are available commercially are usually a small box with a triggered door that can hold one mouse. Getting the mouse out can sometimes be challenging, especially for the squeamish. My favourite is a homemade trap that can hold as many mice as are duped into us...

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

...ar than a gas-powered car. if you charge mostly at home you will save more charging during off peak hours of course if you live in an area of fluctuating rates, but to give you an idea of a 'refueling' cost at a roadside EV charging station, below is the price for a tank of electricity, good luck finding a gas car you ...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...ate here in Ottawa, Canada. Even with all of the things that we did to build a better home, the model still suggests that we are at 47 kWh/m2 per year, so nearly 3 times the amount allowed for Passive House certification. There are just a small handful of homes that have reached this certification in eastern Canada, ...

Tru Earth Eco strips laundry detergent reviews
Lifestyle and environment

Tru Earth Eco-Strip laundry soap reviewed as a liquid laundry detergent alternative

...ake a mathemagenius to know that choosing one product over another means cutting the environmental impact from shipping and packaging by at least 75%, which is a significant achievement by any standard. In addition, the package it comes in can be recycled or composted with other cardboard in a lasagna garden . That mea...

How to Find & Order In-Stock Essential Products Online COVID-19 & Coronavirus

Life Hacks to help stay Eco during COVID-19 Quarantine & Ordering Online

...available to order with a delivery in days rather than months, as suppliers can still send stock to Amazon's warehouses. This can be super useful for face masks, safety spec's and filters as well if you're a woodworker or use hazardous materials and can't find them elsewhere at the moment. So what else does Amazon co...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...anium , and it is the radioactivity of it that makes it a danger to humans. Health Canada estimates that radon gas is the cause of 10% of all lung cancer deaths , for a total of 2000 Canadian fatalities annually. Some of the highest levels in Canada are found in Ontario and West Quebec. The EPA in the USA also has a ...