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Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...ause someone has been building homes for a couple of decades does not automatically mean they understand all the issues of durability and home performance. Architects, designers and technologists: Another avenue is to begin with a home designer who has a experience with performance homes, since they may have local ...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...arn about What Renovations add the most value and What Homebuyers are Looking for and what Green Home Renovation Tax Credits and Incentives are available to help you pay for those! And don’t forget commuting - there are Electric Vehicle Rebates as well as Solar Panels Financing from Tesla . Learn all about Green Home c...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...available funds. 2. Finding a general contractor: Sadly there are not a ton of general contractors that are truly committed and specialize in ecological home construction, but that is changing. Even if you have no intention to certify your home to LEED or Passive House standards , look for contractors that have wor...

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

...als 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 valuable step in green home design that it even earns a p...

Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop
Kitchens

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

...arks, cuts and stains, it will quickly lose its appeal and could lead to you wanting to replace it sooner than you might have imagined while you were installing it. For the Edelweiss House, Canada's first LEED v4 Platinum certified home we wanted something durable and nice to look at as a kitchen countertop, but also...

Real estate

Downsizing your home: buying tips for seniors

...home maintenance and made the energy-efficient improvements that today's buyers have come to expect? Is your home decorated to modern tastes, or has its appearance changed little over the decades? A little effort makes a big difference in how long your home sits on the market. Homes with lapsed maintenance and outdat...

Quarantine DIY Projects to do with Kids - Refinishing Wood
Interiors

Home improvement projects to do with kids - Refinishing wood

...a small price to pay. So.... here is a stay at home ‘life school’ project that we just did - 'how to refinish a coffee table'. Or perhaps more aptly entitled, 'how to kinda refinish a coffee table and kill an afternoon'. After 8 years of my son Finn sitting at the table playing with Lego, drawing, eating or creatin...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...andard new home construction in North America seems to return an average air leakage rate of about 3 air changes per hour. Some building rating systems set ACH targets that must be achieved. The Passive House air leakage rate has to be 0.6ACH or lower , which is several times more airtight than the average home and 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...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...a place to buy and sell leftover materials from building projects and home upgrades. On many of these sites you can search by category and location; with some (such as Sustainabuild Canada ), you can also put in a request for certain materials and receive notification if what you are looking for becomes available in ...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...ave a detailed material list: Draw up a precise list of the necessary materials, with prices and the name of the store where you will get them. Don’t leave material selection to the last minute as product availability can be a problem at times, and even more so with higher quality materials that aren’t usually availa...