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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 the best value for your dollar, or what to look for in a building lot for the same reasons. What to look for in a location: Being close to where you work a...

Choosing a home and neighbourhood
Real estate

Shopping for a home? Some tips for finding the right house and neighbourhood

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 the best value for your dollar, or what to look for in a building lot for the same reasons. What to look for in a home location: Being close to where you w...

CaGBC, LEED green building trends
LEED Homes

New report shows Canadian green building market growing steadily with owners seeing strong benefits from building green.

...real estate property and capital markets and to promote the performance of the real property sector in Canada. Member companies include publicly traded real estate companies, real estate investment trusts (REITs), private companies, pension funds, banks and life insurance companies with investment real estate assets ea...

Hydronic heating system
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Hydronic heating

...real estate is required in the basement as well for a storage tank.

Real estate

Downsizing your home: buying tips for seniors

...real estate agents and moving companies, older buyers can turn to senior moving services for convenient start-to-finish help during the moving process. Shopping for houses probably isn't what you imagined you’d be doing in retirement, but for many seniors, buying a new home is the first step toward increased financia...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...real estate developer, Michael Italiano, an environmental lawyer, and S. Richard (Rick) Fedrizzi the president of Green-Think, a marketing and communications consulting firm. In 1995, the USGBC partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), lead by NRDC scientist Rob Watson, and created the LEED green b...

Off-grid LEED Gold house in Low, Quebec
LEED Homes

Canada Ranks as the top country for LEED green building for second year in a row

...real leadership to solve the problems facing us all, Canadian business leaders, policymakers and consumers have turned to LEED to show the international community what we can do at the local level to promote real, substantive change," said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "It is always encouraging to see h...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...real estate in your basement. So at the price of water, don’t hold your breath waiting for the payback on that one. You could also install composting toilets . They don’t use water, they don’t require septic systems, and they don’t pollute waterways. Not necessarily for your downtown condo dweller, but a lot of peopl...

Dirrtt Environmental Solutions, Green Wall
Lifestyle and environment

Green Business Certification Inc. and Canada Green Building Council Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

...real estate communities in Canada to come together to support human health through the built environment.” As GBCI aims to introduce WELL in markets spanning the globe, CaGBC will provide additional capacity and support in one of the most important and promising arenas for high-performance building development. To ...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...real estate in small apartments. Practical applications around here would be for small apartments, rooms with hot water located far from water tanks, or perhaps for cottages you visit infrequently and want to have hot water without keeping it heated unnecessarily in your absence. Coils in tankless water heaters can...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...really want to stand out as a leader in green building. However, this standard is not governed by a third party (as LEED is), because it was established by a coalition of companies. These include the Skanska development company, the architecture firm Snøhetta, the real estate company Entra, the consulting firm Asplan...