Renovation / Guides

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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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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LEED Homes

LEED Frequently Asked Questions

...renovation project be certified? Renovations are eligible, as long as it involves a renovation of the building envelope (wall system). Renovation project...

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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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custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

Non-toxic cabinetry

...renovation by River Woodworks © Ecohome Custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks © Ecohome ...

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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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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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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 inc...

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Concept, design and architecture

How to stay on budget when building a home

...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 ...

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