Green building mortgage / Guides

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...Green Mortgage: With TD Canada Trust’s Green Mortgage, you are provided with a discounted rate of 1% lower than the posted 5-year fixed mortgage rate. In addition, when you buy CSA® approved solar panels or make ENERGY STAR® certified purchases, TD offers a cash rebate of up to 1% on the cost of a mortgage, or on the...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...green building, you can search for environmental consultants specializing in residential building. The Ecohome website also has a free green home building guide that will offer information on sustainable building products and techniques, and we offer green building courses as well. Are there any special mortgage or i...

Real estate

Downsizing your home: buying tips for seniors

...mortgage keeps assets liquid for retirement spending, and you can qualify for a competitive mortgage even in retirement. The Mortgage Reports explains how mortgage approval works when you're no longer working. It’s a good idea to check with your bank or credit union to see if mortgage insurance is worth the cost of p...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...Green home." LEED for Homes: Originating in the USA, LEED is currently the most prolific green building rating system and stands for; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). To quote the U.S Office of Federal Environmental Executive, “green building’ is de...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

Three years ago, professor Lucas Brown’s students in Green Mountain College’s Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) class built a custom-designed tiny house, a 96-square-foot structure with a sleeping loft “upstairs” and a 300-watt solar powered electrical system. This semester, his class went one better, ...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...green home building in Quebec. The price of heating costs assumes baseboards and includes taxes. The cost of borrowing is assumed to be a mortgage at a rate of 3.94% for a down payment of $70,000 and a 25 year amortization. A lower interest rate or higher energy costs will have the effect of improving the economic adva...

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

...building Network where everyone wins. tm Now you know more about the top tips for planning and building a green sustainable home on a budget successfully... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : How to stay on budget when building a home Finding green b...

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

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...building a green sustainable home on a budget successfully... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : How to stay on budget when building a home Finding green building design professionals Top Tips for Building Green Homes on a Budget Maintaining health...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...building codes might save you money not only in the future, but immediately . The purchase and installation of greater levels of insulation will increase building costs and your mortgage payment every month, but that can often be offset entirely when you are rewarded with lower utility bills. Meaning, your monthly expe...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...Building a thickened edge slab-on-grade foundation , Raft slabs for poor soil conditions or infill to avoid excavating and soil remediation . Everything you need to know about high performance home construction can be found in the Ecohome green building guide pages

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...Green Building Guides , on North America's favorite green building website - EcoHome.net... Finished Passive House standard home This article was written by owners and builders Win and Tim Naugler, and first published by our print magazine partner EcoHouse Canada. All images are courtesy of B...