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How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...at way (as will some shady ones unfortunately). Aside from that, you can make some calls to local builders to see what types of homes they construct and ask a f...

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Concept, design and architecture

How to stay on budget when building a home

...at similar in design, performance and material selection, it was more realistic to do a ballpark estimate of building costs by square foot. Today, with all the ...

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Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...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 occupancy, wha...

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Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home rating systems

...as created in the early 80’s by the Canadian Home Builders' Association and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). R-2000 is a government run program that encourages...

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Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...all or partially by yourself, if there is an aspect that you are really not familiar with, you can always find a subcontractor on your own to get past intimidat...

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LEED Silver mid-rise in Gatineau, QC.
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Sustainable building practices create prosperous communities

...able water is used compared to an average Australian building and less waste ends up in landfill. Ms Madew commented: "But green buildings are not just goo...

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Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

...Architecture and Urban Planning released a landmark report Feb. 29 that describes how green buildings advance resiliency in disasters. “Green Building and Clima...

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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...

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Concept, design and architecture

Efficient home design

...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...

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Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

...assumes baseboards and includes taxes. The cost of borrowing is assumed to be a mortgage at a rate of 3.94% for a down payment of $70,000 and a 25 year amortiza...

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Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...at the bottom. And keep in mind rates are subject to change. National home financing programs: TD Canada Trust Green Mortgage: With TD Canada Tru...

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