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Why build LEED?
LEED Homes

Why build LEED?

...smart business decision.

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...smart meter. With a net-metering program in effect and very little load on that meter, the Strata corporation will receive an annual cheque from BC Hydro, helping to reduce strata fees. In designing this project, we sought economic construction options to maintain affordability, but were not willing to compromise the...

Lifestyle, location and commuting

Home-buying tips for seniors looking to downsize

...smart idea to have a yard sale after you declutter. People will purchase just about anything, and they love a good bargain, so price items fairly but be prepared to negotiate with buyers. Make your items easy to see and display them on tables with your most valuable items front and center. The yard sale will give you s...

DIY Bidet Installation Video - Save on Water & Paper
Bathrooms

DIY Bidet installation video

...smart idea. The thing is, the bidet cleans you, so you just need a towel. The idea is that everyone in the house would benefit from having their OWN towel, but ultimately your butt is clean at this point so you are just drying yourself off. Some models of Bidet come with dryers as well and you can skip the towel step...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...smart move. We aren't even suggesting that going to extremes and building North America's best Net Zero Energy Home in a cold climate zone is necessary - even 60% better - which is relatively easy to achieve - is already a huge step forward. While we continue to see news from around the globe of wildfires, catastroph...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...Smart Mortgage: BMO Eco Smart Mortgage offers a mortgage rate at 3.29% on a 5-year fixed mortgage for energy efficient homes. To qualify, your home must meet the requirements outlined in the BMO Eco Smart Mortgage checklist as confirmed by a third party appraiser (or energy auditor) arranged by BMO. For single fami...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...smart home automation technologies on the market are very much about convenience, but receiving a smart phone notice of a leak is invaluable, and may afford you the time to rectify it and avoid costly basement flood repairs. The one thing we would recommend is to go for a recognised brand name mains powered high water ...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...Smart home or are heading that way, See here to compare humidity meters online including smart trackers and alarms and find special offers and reviews Where the moisture is, and where it wants to go: The key to building better mold free basements is to understand that there is a completely different set of challeng...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...smart' technologies that allow batt ery systems to adapt to your personal consumption patterns. Transmission line losses: Supplying power over great distances to areas without local generation leads to a lot of line loss during transmission. Micro-power generation can greatly reduce that; it also decentralizes powe...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...smart technologies and develop a version that can be applied at the neighborhood level. It really just requires a plan and a suitable location. However, it may be trickier to achieve in very dense urban areas as they may not have sufficient space to implement some key elements of the design. Canada: Powerhouse or CaG...

Epiphany 0nE Puck
Renewable energy

A 'Stirling' idea for charging your cell phone

...smart phone at the same time. The possibilities for the Epiphany onE Puck are endless. You only live once, and there is simply too much to see and do. Who wants to be bothered with worrying about finding that hidden outlet, plugging in your cord, and recharging? Don’t let your phone battery decide where life will tak...