Renovation / Guides

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...renovation refit project is an ideal example of how existing inefficient and leaky buildings can be refurbished in a green way to support both the physical and psychological health of their occupants. Project Credits Owner/Developer: Ian Roland and Linda Rothstein Architect: Dubbeldam Architecture + Design Gene...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...renovation tax credits. This is excellent news for everyone, as it could be argued that renovation tax incentives offer as good a return on investment as you are going to see in terms of tax breaks, and here's why: Tax dollars invested in improving home efficiency stimulates local economies in terms of labour costs as ...

Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Larsen truss wall systems with double-stud construction & extra insulation for new homes & energy efficient home renovation

Larson truss wall systems for new green home building & renovations for max wall insulation A Larsen Truss is a type of lightweight & non structural double-stud wall assembly that allows for thicker insulation, is ideal for dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems and a very high R-value building envelope with...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...renovations are eligible for a 10% refund of the Genworth mortgage insurance premium. Details here . CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation): Buying an energy-efficient home or making energy-saving renovations can offer a 10% CMHC mortgage loan insurance premium refund, and a premium refund for a longer amor...

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

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

1. Make a realistic budget and schedule: This is, without a doubt, the starting point to a successful build - don’t underestimate the time and money it will take to complete a build or renovation. Even professional contractors tend to underestimate the costs and duration of a project. Get advice from multiple prof...

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

...Renovation Loans for 2020 Whatever the politics, we are thrilled to see the Net Zero Home Grants and energy-efficient home upgrade interest-free loan program announcement by Canada’s newly-elected (2019) Liberal Government. According to the Liberal Party website that outlines their new platform, this Home Renovation ...

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

Free home energy audits in Canada

...Renovations add the most value and What Homebuyers are Looking for and what Green Home Renovation Tax Credits and Incentives are available to help you pay for those! And don’t forget commuting - there are Electric Vehicle Rebates as well as Solar Panels Financing from Tesla . Learn all about Green Home construction and...

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...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...renovation. Try to think of the right choice of insulation more as something that will save money rather than cost money. Aside from monthly savings on utilities and a greater future resale value, putting more money into insulation means putting less into heating and cooling. There will of course come a point where the...

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 including sustainable green components in your project like installing Energy Star windows , doors and appliances. Along with those incentives, efficient appliances u...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...renovation or new building project Solar Thermal Collectors - direct "free" heat from the sun Also find all about sustainable home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages