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Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...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 worked on such projects. If you a...

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

...general contractor of your choosing, so choose wisely! How to find a good general contractor Builders with experience building high performance homes such as LEED Certified homes or Passive House Certified homes would be a plus, but they may not always be easy to find. And be sure to get more than one quote, and do...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...contractors, which is the size of business that reliably injects money back into local economies. So even if you have no renovations to do and aren't a contractor, this still benefits you because on some level your local economy will pick up speed. And, next winter when heating bills are smaller, much of that saved mon...

Lockeport Beach House
Real estate

Lockeport Beach House wins Canadian Green Building award

...General Contractor Deborah Spartinelli, Trunnells and Tenons Construction Photos Janet Kimber

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...general contractor. The objective for the new home (to replace a 1950’s bungalow with all the imaginable problems that could come with it) was to design and build a home for a family of 4 that is fun, comfortable to live in, aesthetically pleasing and would produce all of its own energy. A design parameter we enforced ...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...general contractor. From our experience, this approach commonly leads to budget failures. The first piece of advice I would offer would be to do the exact opposite - choose a general contractor before beginning the design, and involve them in the process. This will help you evaluate costs from the first conceptual draw...

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

How to choose a home-building contractor

...general contractor with experience building efficient homes can be tricky. Here are some tips of where to look, what to look for, and what to avoid. First, start with an internet search in your local region (the closest town or city) alongside words like Passive House, LEED, ZNE, Passive Solar, Green Builder, or Gree...

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...general contractors about the new Step Code requirements, don’t panic! It’s not that crazy, and before you scratch a hole in your head reading the BC Step Code PDF cover to cover, we’ve condensed it down to a something of a cheat-sheet here to help you wrap your head around it. This is an incremental improvement in B...

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

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...general contractors will often have preferential rates due to continuing relationships with suppliers. It is not unusual that they will include a small mark up; knowing what that will be is a discussion worth having at the time you negotiate contracts. 6. Only move in when the interior has been completed: Any contr...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...General Contractor Spani Developments Ltd. Module Fabricator Britco LP Photos Britco LP

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

Heating when the grid is down: Beyond lighting, cooking and general home operation, the biggest risk to home comfort and security in a power outage is not being able to heat your home. Lighting with candles and eating a cold dinner is manageable, but not being able to keep your house warm in winter is another matter...