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When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...old days, but can be significantly reduced with high quality triple pane windows. © Ecohome The cost of replacing windows is pretty high and predominantly labour based; partly in manufacturing, but you have to factor in the cost of installation and finishing as well. So if you're going to replace old leaky windows,...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...old and new eco-friendly architectural technologies. First steps Using an integrated design process where all consultants and the contractor meet at the very start and regularly thereafter saved time and money in the long run, and permitted a broad range of solutions such as integration of active and passive solar ...

"The Boneyard" in Arizona, the world’s biggest aircraft graveyard
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Old airplane fuselage is finding a new life as recycled building material.

...old cars, few of us would climb into a rusty old aircraft. The military obviously has the same concerns, so aside from the occasional heritage restoration project, old aircraft are grounded. The alloys used to make aircraft aluminum strong renders it impossible to recycle in the same manner as cans or other aluminum ...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...old buildings, or offer a place to buy and sell leftover materials from building projects and home upgrades. On many of these sites you can search by category and location; with some (such as Sustainabuild Canada ), you can also put in a request for certain materials and receive notification if what you are looking f...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...old, 225 m2 single family residence on a small urban lot in Toronto transformed a leaky old house into a highly efficient three-storey home; one that takes advantage of active sustainable systems integrated with as many low-cost passive sustainable strategies as possible. The project is part of an overall strategy to r...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...old standard’ of ‘eco-friendly’ lumber, and it's an assurance that this wood product has been harvested from a sustainably managed forest. When buying lumber or wood products, like eco-friendly hardwood flooring , pay attention and look for the FSC certification. Wood with a FSC logo ensures it should come from sus...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...old home, maybe inherit an old home, or are just tired of living in an old home and aren’t sure of the best course of action. We toil over the same decision with old cars; sometimes an old beater is worth one more brake job and sometimes it’s ready to give up the ghost and send it to that big crusher in the sky. Those ...

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

The rise of urban logging

...old and seemingly healthy tree come down. But if it must, it's great to do something useful with it. This 110 year old pine tree in Chelsea, Quebec that was looming over two homes started to show signs of rot. With a new building project slated to go right underneath it, it was time to take it down. Urban logging ©...

Celsius Solar Igloo
Solar thermal collectors

Celsius: The solar heated igloo!

...old from the outside. Again, the Celsius solar igloo can be visited at Igloofest, at the Quai Jacques-Cartier in the Old Port of Montreal until Sunday, February 19th. To learn more about : • Nordik Village of the Igloofest L. McComber - living architecture © Raphaël Thibodeau

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil
Flooring and stairs

Sanding your own wood floors

...old floorboards that have been covered with carpet? Are they good enough for sanding and finishing? Are you sure? Did you pull all the gripper rods off first that held the carpet in place - because sometimes they use no-nails AND nails, and that makes a mess as the planks often split when you try to get them off. There...

A sustainably built, ultra modern and affordable tiny house
Tiny house

NOMAD Micro Home fuelled by crowd funding, takes green building world by storm.

...old indiegogo site : "With a cool factor set at maximum, this groundbreaking tiny house is flat-packed in a box that's ready for shipment anywhere on the planet and is easily assembled by our purchasers. Living room, kitchen, bathroom, stair, and sleeping area are all seamlessly integrated into a 10' x 10' space. P...