How to evaluate a home / Guides

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

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...ave material selection 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 average big box store. Buying materials yourself is an option, but general contractors will often have preferential rates due to continuing r...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...homes. Patrick is trained in business administration and information management, and is an experienced green building project manager. JP – Patrick, please tell us about your business and what drives you . PR - I became aware at a very young age of the global environmental challenges we face as a society. I was rai...

Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...and can enter homes that rely on well water, particularly as water is aerated by showers and sinks. Links to cancer due to breathing air contaminated with high levels of radon are well estatblished, but there are also indications that consuming radon-rich water has health hazards as well. Learn how to remove Radon gas ...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...at any rate, the intent is to ensure around 0.3 ACH, which is the international norm to evaluate ventilation systems. How much fresh air comes in through walls? A reasonably tight house would have a measured air tightness of about 3 Air Changes per Hour at a pressure of 50 pascals (ACH @ 50 Pa). For the average h...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...au gets to use more energy heating their home than a homeowner in El Paso, while the Alaskan has a much smaller allowance in the cooling department than their counterpart in the south. Were one to give a pair of sandals and a pair of winter boots to an Alaskan and a Hawaiian, would it be reasonable to expect them to ...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...aking, a solarium is not a greenhouse, but can be used as such. The typical solarium is usually a glazed space adjacent to a dwelling, separated by an exterior wall and accessed through a door. Roofs are sometimes glazed, but not necessarily. Other solariums are permanently integrated into the living space and cannot...

Real estate

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

...an they are underneath; they can be cleaned but that's a cost you should factor into an offer price. Bathroom water damage: Does it have wood around wet areas? Are there signs of water damage anywhere? Are toilets and faucets modern low-flow models ? If appliances come with it, take out your phone again and take a ...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...al habitats such as: Native prairie: maintain at least 30 meters of separation Old-growth forest: maintain at least 60 meters of separation Primary dunes: maintain at least 40 meters of separation Wetlands: maintain at least 15 meters, and up to 70 meters of separation Prime farmland Within the 100-year flo...