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Choosing a home and neighbourhood
Real estate

Shopping for a home? Some tips for finding the right house and neighbourhood

...home will be the biggest investment of our lives. This section is about knowing what to look for in new homes to get the best value for your dollar, or what to look for in a building lot for the same reasons. What to look for in a home location: Being close to where you work and play Nearby services: Groceries,...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...homes and buildings report growth in interest 2020 How to stay on budget when building a home Tips for a successful green home build Resilient design features for new home construction Are shipping container homes good or bad? Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Bu...

Shipping Container Homes in a Warm Climate might be a good option
Tiny house

Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates

...homes for cold climates Are shipping container homes good or bad? All about Tiny Houses & Laneway Homes Ontario clarifies building-code for permits for laneway homes & legal Tiny Houses in Toronto Tips for a successful green home build Resilient design features for new home construction ...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...home’s operational systems, as well as provide homeowners with the completed LEED checklist and accompanying paperwork, including manuals on all home systems. Once all of the prerequisites are met, the LEED rating system is a fairly adaptable process. Modest sized homes are encouraged, but larger homes can meet certi...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...home, the Abri models are just one of many Architect designed green prefab eco homes in the growing range from Ecohabitation in Montreal. Created by the renowned eco-conscious Architects Studio MMA Architecture & Design, and manufactured by Batiment Prefab Inc of Quebec, these homes are exceptional value for money bein...

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

How to choose a home-building contractor

...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 builders they can recommend. Th...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...homes earn LEED certification? LEED Canada for Homes is accessible anywhere in Canada . There are LEED for homes providers across the country that will act as your agent during the certification process. Please see our providers list to find one in your region. Are there LEED prefab homes? A manufactured home can...

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

...home 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-efficiency home retrofit , as you can mount them to the existing siding creating what is effectively a double-stud wall design, and even extending this up onto a ...

Passive House on a Budget - The Damn Near Passive house
Passive House

The Un-certified but 'Damn Near' Passive House.

...home has to be a costly and selfless gesture, in fact it is quite the opposite. A well designed high-performance home design will generally mean less money spent overall, not more, with the huge advantage being the reduction in monthly outgoings, increased comfort and a reduced environmental footprint. The EcoHome Te...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...homes in a changing climate Why green homes are best for climate extremes Why we need to build green homes that withstand climate change events Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home con...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...designed and positioned for maximum exposure to the sun December 21, and fully shaded June 21. Pros: This should be the first thought for any home design. It offers reduced heating costs and improved quality of life. A long Canadian winter seems shorter with a bright sunny home. Cons: Poorly designed, these homes...