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Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...insulation and flooring etc, you will often get lucky. Reclaimed foam insulation boards © Michel Chenier As an example, the ab...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...homebuyers were willing to pay an additional $10,000 for a ‘green home’, compared to only 22% in 2008. Demand for more efficient homes is rising, making an even...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...homes , evaluating ahome before buying , finding the right neighbourhood ,and everything you need to know about green home renovations and upgrades in the Ecoho...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Hot water

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...home as most air conditioners do it is retained in the form of domestic hot water. Since 2/3rds of the bulk energy consumption in a home is usually a result o...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

The best tips for buying windows

...insulation. To illustrate this point, let’s imagine that a home has about 1,800 sq. ft. of walls which are insulated to R50. If that house was fitted with just ...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...insulation [previously there was no insulation] and ample high performance glazing to take advantage of solar gain in the winter and spring. Specific design t...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...Homes: ENERGY STAR promotes guidelines for energy efficiency in new homes resulting in homes that are at least 20% more efficient than homes built to provinci...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...home sizes . Small homes take less materials to build than large homes, and they consume less energy to operate. Ergo, smaller homes are ‘greener’ homes. At lea...

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 ef...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...home improvement & resilient green building techniques here : How to prepare your home for winter Easy energy efficient home upgrades When to ...

Vapor retarder latex primer instead of polyethylene sheet
Air and vapour barriers

Replacing polyethylene vapour barriers with latex paint vapor control

...homes (see related articles below). The traditional approach to preventing water vapor from penetrating walls in homes is a 6 mil polyethylene vapour barrier,...