Renovating a home / Guides

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...ave all the appropriate components , including an air barrier, a vapor barrier /vapor control layer, well balanced insulation, and be attached in a way that doe...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...at you understand What a Home Energy Audit is , learn about What Renovations add the most value and What Homebuyers are Looking for and what Green Home Renovati...

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?

...at it was not a layout that made any sense as a modern family home. So that’s my experience with a home on its last legs, and I only share that to say that I ...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...home that saves you money . An energy-efficient home is a more durable home, a durable home lasts longer, requires less maintenance and has a higher resale valu...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...ast minute as product availability can be a problem at times, and even more so with higher quality materials that aren’t usually available at the average big bo...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...a net savings. Not to mention a final product that will be far more durable and have greater resale value. If you plan to build a healthy, high performance ho...

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

All about painting brick, is it a good idea and what paint to use?

...American manufacturer we know of that meets German industry standards, a company called PermaTint . If anyone stumbles over another similar brand please let us ...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...ating a basement is a great idea if it wasn't insulated when built , as before we began insulating foundation walls and below slabs (see slab on grade) , it was...

Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop
Kitchens

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

...atinum certified home we wanted something durable and nice to look at as a kitchen countertop, but also something that wouldn't compromise air quality or have a...

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

...ade. In a warm climate this might be an advantage, but in a colder climate this basically deprives any future home from any possible passive solar heating - so ...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...as created in the early 80’s by the Canadian Home Builders' Association and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). R-2000 is a government run program that encourages...