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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 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 energy-efficient home is a more durable home, a durable home lasts longer, requires less maintenance and has a higher resale value. What homeowner wouldn’t applaud their go...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...home air quality is suspected to be one of the main causes. Renovations are a part of life that are sometimes very much necessary, sometimes just very much desired. In either case, there are simple steps you can take to keep your air as clean as possible while work is being done. Here is a short list of tips that may...

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

DIY air exchanger installation video
HRV and ERV

DIY Lunos HRV air exchanger installation video

...home ventilation Canadian supplier Ecogenia

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...

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...

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

Free home energy audits in Canada

...Homes - 10 Tips Energy audits help identify easy home energy efficient upgrades that can save money. What is home energy modelling? Home energy modeling is conducted prior to building to anticipate future energy costs . It is also called home energy modelling sometimes, depending on how much you like L’s ...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...homes. How Aerobarrier works: Using standard blower-door testing equipment, a house is pressurized to between 50 and 100 Pascals. Aerosol nozzles are placed through the home which then spray Aerobarrier water-based liquid acrylic sealant. The elastic particles in Aerobarrier are non-toxic and low in VOCs; they also...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...home with a reference home of similar size in a similar climate. Typical Energuide ratings: 0 to 50 Older homes, very poor performance 51 to 65 Older homes that have had upgrades 66 to 74 Homes built to provincial building codes 75 to 79 Energy efficient new homes 8 0 to 90 New homes built for extremely hig...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...homes can have a lot more features and gadgets than in years past, so it can be really helpful to have a trouble shooting manual and maintenance schedule for the systems of your 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 h...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...homes, learn more about sustainable home comfort , energy efficiency and how to reduce the carbon footprint of homes on the following pages and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Electric Home Heating Delivery options - which ar...