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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

...living in a truly green home - the future requirements for getting everywhere your family needs to be can have an important impact. Unless you're looking to bui...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

Diminishing returns on insulation. How much insulation is too much?

...living in a cold climate, currently have a 2x4 wall with fiberglass insulation and are wondering if adding two inches of rigid board insulation is a good idea, ...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...living space with a maximum highway width of 8.5 feet. That almost always leads to poorly-insulated walls with poor energy performance. It also leads to the use...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...living environment, safe from harmful contaminants D - Durable - a home built to last spreads its ecological footprint over a longer period of time U - User...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

...living system” that can be towed on a standard 5 X 8-foot trailer. The pod-shaped tiny house includes indoor plumbing in the form of a composting toilet, a rain...

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

...living, which reduces the carbon footprint of buildings, but the problem arises from the fact that the foundation of most tiny houses is not actually a foundati...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...living laboratory of high performance design and technology, called "The Most Resilient House in North America" by Alex Wilson, founder of the Resilient Design ...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...living space for renters with direct access to the university, downtown, and Light Rail Transit. The result is a Net Zero home that produces all its own energy,...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...Living Building Challenge (LBC) rating or Net Zero Energy or ZNE labelled homes are the future for efficient & resilient construction. Increased durability an...

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...living expenses and help Ontario become a leader in clean, renewable energy - the benefits of which are incalculable. For those interested in exploring the ...

net zero energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...Living Assessment, which is a post-occupancy assessment that can be used to confirm as-operated performance. Thanks to R-2000 certification, quality assurance...