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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 ar...

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Concept, design and architecture

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 ...

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Slate tile installation in bathrooom
Flooring and stairs

Slate Tile installation - video

We have finished the bathroom counter, floors and shower stalls with a dark slate tile from Glendyne. Slate is a natural stone, so its surfaces have more chara...

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Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto earns Canadian Green Buildi
Real estate

The Skygarden House renovation in Toronto wins 2016 Canadian Green Building Award

First published by our print partner SAB Magazine, the Skygarden House is a winner of the 2016 Canadian Green Building Awards and is a great example of the kin...

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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...

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Ice dam
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

Ice dams form at the bottom of roofs, letting water penetrate and cause damage to the interior of walls and roofs. When snow melts on a roof it runs down until...

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Frost in attic
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic?

When a warm sunny day arrives after a long cold stretch and it seems like you have a roof leak when there isn't a cloud in the sky, it's very unlikely that the...

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Insulation and soundproofing

Hemp insulation in Canada

...renovation projects, both residential and industrial. After a year of construction and setting up manufacturing equipment, the company began operations in ...

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Concept, design and architecture

Efficient home design

...renovation by anticipating and designing for that moment right now. Think about potential layout changes or where a future granny suite would be, and durin...

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EcoVéa,the intelligent shower
Bathrooms

Low-flow shower heads are worth the money

So, let's start with this somewhat shocking reality - the average Canadian will use over 1.4 million litres of water per year, or about 4 to 5 times that of mo...

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The concepts of passive solar heating and cooling
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar

...renovation. Try to think of your insulation more as something that will save money rather than cost money. Aside from monthly savings on utilities and a greater...

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