Renovation budget / Guides

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

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...budget successfully... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : How to stay on budget when building a home Finding green building design professionals Top Tips for Building Green Homes on a Budget Maintaining healthy indoor air quality Resilient de...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...budget during a construction or renovation project? PR - Obviously it is important to be rigorous in monitoring costs at every stage. It’s not enough to establish a detailed budget – you need to comply with it, and track all the expenses during construction and renovations to ensure that the established budget is res...

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

...budgeting for extensive solar pv panels to charge up the Tesla, make sure you've accurately budgeted for a building lot that's within easy reach of transit or urban centres that have everything you need for everyday life. 3. Fix a realistic green home building budget Your available budget is obviously a main fact...

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...renovation incentive programs. What makes a home energy efficient? Build a house airtight and well-insulated, because those things will last. Your furnace, boiler and heat pump on the other hand, will at some point ask you to pony up some cash if you want them to keep working. For home renovations it is important t...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...renovation by anticipating and designing for that moment right now. Think about potential layout changes or where a future granny suite would be, and during your build you can run the necessary plumbing and wiring, along with framing future door openings. So when that day comes, rather than a major disruptive renovat...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...renovation tax credits and incentives . Either way, it’s worth finding someone who knows how to obtain permits and install a system according to regulations. Will there be any additional future expenses? Your panels will most likely be warrantied for 20-25 years (you should ensure that they are), which means that i...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...renovation or a truly modest sized home, this might not be the best use of your available funds. 2. Finding a general contractor: Sadly there are not a ton of general contractors that are truly committed and specialize in ecological home construction, but that is changing. Even if you have no intention to certify y...

Bathroom with refinished claw foot tub and barn board trim in a home c
Materials and resources

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...budget on one green feature you might be cutting corners in the future that have greater impacts. Origin: Where does it come from and was it managed and harvested sustainably? Lifespan: How long before this product will need to be replaced? Impact on human health: Homes can be a toxic stew of glues, V...

Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...renovation project. It is much more affordable to deal with most humidity issues inside the building. The basement insulation solutions proposed here are for those that have no exterior protection. What causes mold to grow in basements? Mold can grow on virtually any organic material as long as the moisture levels ...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...budget sufficient rolls of vapor open, exterior air sealing fleece-backed tape with full-surface adhesive into the equation. See the Top Tips and video below for specific details, and consider subscribing to EcoHome as a free member as we often have member-only offers on Eco-Friendly EIFS products. How to Install Win...

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 want both of those things right away, rather than waiting a lifetime to see the 'payback' for noble design choices we might have made to save polar bears, bees, ...