Rénovations / Guides

Cambrian Black Granite

A new colour option for granite counter tops

There are substantial environmental impacts that come with shipping building materials around the globe, particularly something as weighty as granite. It is fo...

Windows and doors

How to install windows

Watch more videos The Demo House has been oriented towards the south to increase passive heat gain and reduce energy demand during operation. Choosin...

Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

WATCH MORE VIDEOS Building Code requirements for sub-slab insulation vary by region, the only consistency is that it is almost always insufficient, s...

Timber frame home being raised
Wall assemblies - new construction

Foundations and structures

There are many choices to make regarding choosing a building envelope, starting with a basement foundation or a slab-on-grade, and a multitude of different bui...

Concept, design and architecture

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

1. Make a realistic budget and schedule: This is, without a doubt, the starting point to a successful build - don’t underestimate the time and money it wi...

Green building certifications

Got a Green Home You Want to Show Off? Nominate Yourself for an Award.

The Canadian Green Building Awards are open to anyone who thinks they have a contender. No certification is needed, all homes are judged based on their merits ...

Recycled quartz Eco counter top

Choosing green kitchen countertops for LEED homes

The most common kitchen counters you will see are laminate countertops. They aren’t very durable and they contain a lot of formaldehyde. Really the only thing ...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

Some provincial budgets have made big announcements regarding renovation tax credits. This is excellent news for everyone, as it could be argued that renovatio...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Polyethylene vapour barriers in air conditioned homes can rot walls

Much of the following was inspired by a lecture given in Barrie, Ontario, April 2014 by Joe Lstiburek of Building Science Corporation . He makes the complex se...

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House
Efficient home design

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

There are probably only two general desires we share when imagining a dream house - we all want the nicest one possible for the least amount of money. And we w...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

Design basics for flexible housing: Depending on the stage you are at in your life, you might have kids, they might be gone or you might want to have some...