Green energy / Guides

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...energy projects to the provincial energy grid and receive premium prices for any excess energy produced above the needs of the property. In 2009, along with the introduction of the Ontario Green Energy Green Economy Act (GEGEA), Ontario became the first in North America to offer a Feed-In-Tariff system (FIT) to promo...

Grey water and heat recovery shower
Bathrooms

EcoVéa: recycled and cleaned shower water

...energy necessary for its heating. Consequently, the EcoVéa allows savings of up to 80% in energy consumption of a hot shower." With a concept this simple in theory that has such huge potential for conservation, it's hard to imagine why we haven't seen this type of technology sooner, and hard to imagine why we would b...

Real estate

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

...Energy- efficient appliances : Make informed choices based on the EnerGuide rating wherever possible; Look for ENERGY STAR certified appliances, and SmartSense appliances (low water consumption). Improve the overall energy efficiency of the dwelling : No one wants to buy someone else's energy pig, so investing in dur...

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

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

...Energy Step Code - The details The BC Energy Step Code is a new provincial standard intended to provide an incremental approach to achieving more energy-efficient buildings that will help the province meet its goal of having all new buildings be Net Zero Energy ready by the year 2032. The City of Vancouver Step Code ...

Aerial view of The Earth Rangers Centre (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)
LEED Homes

The Earth Rangers Retrofit a LEED Gold building and earn LEED Platinum

...green roofs The LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system focuses on measured performance of the building, and requires participants to track and prove the performance of their facility. Notable metrics attained by the building include: Energy consumption 83% below energy code baseli...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...energy impact of population by location shows 55% of the energy consumed by a family living in a house in a suburban area is from travel. The figure drops to 26% for the same family living in the same house located in a neighborhood where work and key services can be accessed on foot or by public transportation. So w...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...energy performance and generation to include the full lifecycle. In short, the entire ecological footprint of the building, including embodied energy of building materials and decommissioning at the end of its life must be offset by its own energy production. The requirements for certification as stated on the Powerhou...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...Energy NZE Homes or Zero Net Energy Houses & Buildings, see HERE from EcoHome, North America's favorite Green Building website Zero Net Energy home minimalist interior design © bioi Zero Energy Home Kitchen design © bioi About bioi Bioi is a small design studio base...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...Green Building Guide . Heat Pump Manufacturer Trane Technologies to cut Carbon Emissions by Half Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips Electric Home Heating - Which Types are Best? Renewable Energy - What ar...

Net Zero Homes - Canada's first certified Net Zero House in BC
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...energy conservation measures that go beyond those mandated by regular building codes, significantly reducing operating costs, energy use and environmental impact . The net zero homes program supplements the existing Energy Star and R-2000 certifications, encouraging developers and builders of single-family houses and...

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

...green home construction industry Green home tax credits and interest-free loans are the best return on investment for government stimulus . An investment into improving home energy-efficiency has a multitude of benefits, with the most notable being that you get a more energy-efficient home that saves you money . An e...