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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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Choosing between renovating and rebuilding
Wall assemblies - renovation

Renovating or tearing down and starting over

...renovation page for best practices. Slab-on-grade: New slabs are our favourite way to build, but old ones that are not properly built can be difficult and ...

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Spray polyurethane foam on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: how to prevent mould when retrofitting basements

...renovation project. It is much more affordable to deal with most issues inside the building. The basement insulation solutions proposed here are for those that ...

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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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smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

...renovation. Related topics: Future-proofing homes: building for a changing climate Slab-on-grade: flood proof frost protected shallow foundations Basement renov...

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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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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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Naturally finished red oak floors
Flooring and stairs

Flooring material options

...renovation. Re-using flooring material is more challenging to work with than newly milled wood, and how well it goes together a second time is largely dependent...

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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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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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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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