How to build a green home / Guides

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

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...to the last minute as product availability can be a problem at times, and even more so with higher quality materials that aren’t usually available at the averag...

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

Free home energy audits in Canada

...alls and a hard hat, grab a clip board and get into character because its always wise to take a close look around your house to make sure all is in order. Findi...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...al assistance is available. Built Green (Alberta, B.C., and Ontario): Originally developed by the Alberta Home Builder’s Association, Built Green is a Canad...

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

How to choose a home-building contractor

...ance builders love, it's to show off their handywork and to talk about the design details that make all the difference in a Green home build. Ask potential cand...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...aper than hiring builders? A reasonably skilled builder or handyperson may think that there are a ton of savings to be had if they build an entire sustainable...

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

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...building a Green Home home here . We are so accustomed to a house having a basement that the idea of building a slab-on-grade creates an instant sense of fear...

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...

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

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

...at the heating and cooling is largely passive. To achieve this, homes have to be designed to take advantage of the free heat available from the sun, and heavily...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...a modest amount of baseboard heaters. So the cost to build this home actually came in under market rates for a comparable sized home. After a year of occupanc...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...an aspect that you are really not familiar with, you can always find a subcontractor on your own to get past intimidating hurdles. To learn more about Green b...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...and to excavate, less materials to manufacture and ship, less space to heat, less space to cool, less taxes to pay, less to clean. And they are always cheaper t...