Rénovations / Guides

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...

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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...

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Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil
Healthy indoor air quality

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

Livos is a Quebec manufacturer of natural finishing oils, and they are very transparent about the composition of their products which are mainly plants and som...

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DIY air exchanger installation video

DIY Lunos HRV air exchanger installation video

This heat recovery ventilation (HRV) system is very different than what people are probably used to seeing, where air is directed to a centralized core fo...

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LEED Homes

LEED project eligibility

The sooner you register a project the better. Ideally before design even begins, as knowing the requirements and understanding the rating system can help you f...

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Concept, design and architecture

How to stay on budget when building a home

The following is an interview with Patrick Ranger, General Manager at Belvedair , a construction company specializing in the design and construction of green h...

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Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

A market study by AVID Ratings Canada for the Canadian Home Builders' Association ( CHBA ) surveyed 12,000 homebuyers across Canada to see what Canadians are l...

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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...

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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...

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Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

Important to note: some programs may be discontinued, some new ones may be out there. Please help us keep this page updated if any of these don't work out or y...

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Real estate

Real estate

For most of us, purchasing or building a home will be the biggest investment of our lives. This section is about knowing what to look for in new homes to get t...

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