Renovations / Guides

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

Fitting Windows, how to fit windows correctly to avoid air or water leaks Watch more Green Building videos here The Edelweiss LEED Platinum V4 Demo House has been oriented towards the south to increase passive heat gain and reduce energy demand during operation. Choosing higher quality windows on all sides of yo...

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?

Frost in Attics: why is there Ice in my roof? 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 probably Attic Icing , otherwise known as Ice Dams or Ice Damming, and the surprising thing is that it's very unlikely that the roof c...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...renovations is good news indeed. Learn more Hydraloop won a 2020 CES Consumer Technology Association Innovation award for its recently released gray water recycling system , as well as a "Best of the best" for CES from endgaget and "Best of CES" from Time, bringing a commercially available home water conservation s...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...renovations that would be needed to improve the energy efficiency of a home. This is already mandatory in numerous European countries like France - allowing homebuyers to make better choices in the homes they are thinking of buying and driving up the adoption of energy efficient home renovation industry as better hom...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...renovations . While we're at it, the other things we really appreciate as a construction team - fresh coffee appearing at meal and break times, and being trusted to get on with the job without the future homeowner breathing down our necks! #justsayin - but then we're passionate about getting green home builds right. ...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...renovations and upgrades prior to selling: Energy- efficient appliances : Make informed choices based on the EnerGuide rating wherever possible; Look for ENERGY STAR certified appliances, and SmartSense appliances (low water consumption). Improve the overall energy efficiency of the dwelling : No one wants to buy...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...renovations to ensure that the established budget is respected. This is where beginning with an integrated design process proves to be invaluable. Many designers will tell you that you have to make plans first and then select a general contractor. From our experience, this approach commonly leads to budget failures. ...

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...

Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home insulated by Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

Insulating below slab-on-grade foundations Why insulate under a slab on grade foundation? For comfort, and to save money, that's why! In many areas Building Code has fallen behind common sense on what specification of insulation to use under a slab , It is common to install as little as R5 insulation below slab floo...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

Home water consumption in Canada: On average, Canadians use over 300 litres of water per person, per day. Compare this to consumption in the UK of 200 litres per day, and 150 litres per person per day in France. Hopefully, as we see the beginnings of water shortages hit closer to home, this serious issue will garn...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...renovations are needed, and that means open up your wallet. Nothing good ever comes from warm air leaking out of a building in winter. Nothing. Some older-school builders who aren’t up to speed on building science often think letting your walls ‘breathe’ is a good thing, which is simply not the case. That’s like poki...