Roof Renovations / Guides

Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Larsen truss wall systems with double-stud construction & extra insulation for new homes & energy efficient home renovation

...renovations: Beyond new home construction, using the Larsen Truss wall Design can also be a great way to do an energy-efficiency home retrofit , as you can mount them to the existing siding creating what is effectively a double-stud wall design, and even extending this up onto a roof to create a seamless envelope of ...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...renovations and net-zero new home construction. Future-proofing homes for climate change The cost and damage from severe weather events due to climate change is four times higher in 2019 than it was ten years ago, now averaging $1.8 billion a year over the last decade. In order to build resilient homes better s...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...roof: Shingles don't have a very long life span, so see how close they are to needing replacement. Metal roofs are far more durable and have a much longer lifespan. More here on choosing durable roof coverings. Windows: Quality is hard to judge by sight, but look to see if they are installed in a way that they will s...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...roof. Consider rafters or a truss design that allows for head room, as well as a logical access that doesn't interrupt the flow of the lower floor. Finishing basements is quite common for adding space to a home, but be sure your walls are well-constructed to prevent moisture damage. If you are pouring a basement floo...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...roofs if renovating: Beyond just the quality of the roofing material is the structure itself – is it solid? Is it straight? Is there a big enough overhang? A roof can be modified, but the question is how much work will it take to bring it up to standards. Older homes have often had multiple additions and alteration...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...roof. This led to the birth of our current company, Belvedair. My training in administration now serves me more than ever, and one of our greatest strengths as a company is our ability to accurately estimate construction costs based solely on the needs of our customers, even at the very beginning stages of conception...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...renovations. Under Rénoclimat your home is assessed by professionals who provide you with suggested upgrades for increased energy efficiency. Financial assistance is available. Built Green (Alberta, B.C., and Ontario): Originally developed by the Alberta Home Builder’s Association, Built Green is a Canadian-develop...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...renovations can be adapted to one-level living should that be needed in the future. Garth, a certified Passive House Consultant, was an important part of the team that made the Naugler House a success. His design and energy-modelling skills aided to blend homeowner needs with the Passive House certification sta...

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...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...roof or floor cavity of a home. When that moisture laden air reaches a layer inside the interstitial structure (or simply put, wall or roof cavity), that is at dew point temperature, it will condense into liquid water which then soaks into timber, insulation and drywall. This is often a problem with flat and cathedral ...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...roofing, or for reducing off-gassing to protect indoor air quality. See our page on choosing the right building insulation for the right application Once you determine the approximate amount of insulation you want to install on exterior walls and the type(s) of insulation you are open to using, then you need to fin...