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Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...home buyers purchasing an energy-efficient home or making energy saving renovations are eligible for a 10% refund of the Genworth mortgage insurance premium. Details here . CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation): Buying an energy-efficient home or making energy-saving renovations can offer a 10% CMHC mortga...

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

Free home energy audits in Canada

...home building incentives in order to correct things that would have been better done from the start! Now that you understand What a Home Energy Audit is , learn 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...

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

...Home Incentives: Net Zero Home Grants & Zero Interest Home Renovation Loans for 2020 Whatever the politics, we are thrilled to see the Net Zero Home Grants and energy-efficient home upgrade interest-free loan program announcement by Canada’s newly-elected (2019) Liberal Government. According to the Liberal Party webs...

Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Larsen truss wall systems with double-stud construction & extra insulation for new homes & energy efficient home renovation

...homes are built on a raft-slab ‘ slab on grade ICF Forming kit ’ with 12 inches of EPS foam insulation John Hodges' Passive House with Larsen Trusses © Ecohome Exterior insulation for home renovations: Beyond new home construction, using the Larsen Truss wall Design can also be a great way to do an energy-eff...

HERD Home energy rating disclosure
Grants and incentives

Ontario's Home Energy Rating and Disclosure plan (HERD) is great news for home buyers

...homeowners money on utilities as well as increase the value of homes that take advantage of the assistance offered. The Home Energy Transparency Coalition applauds the Ontario government for taking a bold step in the fight against climate change. About the Home Energy Transparency Coalition: The Home Energy Transparenc...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

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

...home. Ontario: Examples of Programs Supporting Home Energy Efficiency Home Audit and Retrofit programs that provide homeowners with incentives to make energy efficiency upgrades. Under the programs, homeowners can receive incentive levels that typically range between $1,000 and $2,500 for energy audits and retrofits su...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...homes that are Passive House and LEED certification ready . Can a renovation project be LEED certified? Renovations are eligible, as long as it involves a renovation of the building envelope (wall system). Renovation projects that only involve a single part of a home like kitchens or bathrooms are not eligible. W...

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

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...home Finding green building design professionals Top Tips for Building Green Homes on a Budget Maintaining healthy indoor air quality Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...homes. While having a home rated by any performance scale or certified (like Passive House) is great as it draws attention to advanced home building techniques, this is not an elite club you that you should either commit to or feel excluded from. Passive heating and cooling in homes is simply a matter of determinin...

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?

...home audit, we don’t know for sure just yet if it will be part of the free home energy audits promised by the Canadian Liberal Government in Oct 2019 as part of their as part of their Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Retrofit Loans program , but we will update this page when we have more information. The obl...