Renovations / Guides

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 design...

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...

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 ...

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 h...

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 trus...

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-sch...

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 t...

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...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

When buildings are decommissioned there can be a lot of valuable materials that could be used again, but when buyers can’t find sellers, otherwise usable mater...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

Adhesives and sealants: Modern homes have a lot more caulking and adhesives than older homes. Adhesives are liberally applied to many surfaces for ease and s...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

Crawlspace insulation - be careful to get it right A crawlspace comes with all the downsides of a basement, but it is just too low a space to be functional e...