Renovation planning / Guides

Frost in attic
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic?

...planning a renovation or new building project .

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 ...

Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...renovation. Even professional contractors tend to underestimate the costs and duration of a project. Get advice from multiple professionals if you can, to get...

Suzlon's LEED Platinum wind power living laboratory in India
Lifestyle and environment

Green Building is accelerating around the world

...renovation projects on existing buildings. And this transformation has not taken place in one country, one type of economy or one type of climate. It is occurri...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...planning a renovation that includes exterior insulation, people seem to have better luck with choosing mineral wool/rockwool insulation such as ROCKWOOL rather ...

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...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...Renovation tax credits and financial incentives: First speak with your bank and find out what funds you have available. Many banks offer incentives for includ...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...Planning Package (PHPP) software boosted its popularity immensly in the USA & Canada. Klingenberg and other members of PHIUS then launched a collaboration wit...

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?

...renovation is even feasible or advisable. Assessing a home foundation before renovation: Crawlspaces: We never recommend building a crawlspace from scratch ...

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

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

...renovation topics such as Siding Types & Costs: Which is Best? How to Choose Siding? , When to replace old Windows when Renovating or How to install siding so w...