Home renovations / Guides

Timber frame home being raised
Wall assemblies - new construction

Foundations and structures

...home might cost more up front, but once it’s paid for you’ll see a net savings from lower operational costs. A better-built home will also be more comfortable, ...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...home will mean reduced heat loss over a poorer quality window, and with the right windows on the south side you can gain more heat in the daytime than they will...

DIY air exchanger installation video
HRV and ERV

DIY Lunos HRV air exchanger installation video

...home ventilation Canadian supplier Ecogenia

Concept, design and architecture

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...home-design templates from a generation past. Think of all those older homes which have grand front door entrances that go unused, while people regularly come i...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

A new colour option for granite counter tops

...Homes certification exists. To get a point for buying local, LEED has a limit of 800km by truck or 2400km by rail or water for the transportation of buildi...

Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home insulated by Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...Home would always choose a well insulated Slab-on-Grade Foundation over a Basement when building a home. WATCH MORE GREEN BUILDING VIDEOS HERE Bu...

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 en...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

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

...home or cottage renovations over $2,500 until April 1, 2017, capped at $10,000. When you do home renovations like changing your furnace or insulating your attic...

HERD Home energy rating disclosure
Grants and incentives

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

...home upgrades are carried out, encouraging homeowners to take advantage of government-funded renovation and retrofit programs. “Universal home energy labelling ...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...home. It can come in handy for yourself, but also it's a great feature if you sell your home. Even if you go on vacation for a week it can help you and you...

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 provi...

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