Working with an architect / Guides

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...an 800 watt heater. Having house plans drawn: Working with an architect: An architect will provide you with full professional services, meaning: design, contract bidding, taking care of all contract documents and getting all permits and approvals. However, they aren’t cheap so plan on spending approximately 10%...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...and I wanted an energy source that was both environmentally responsible and local. Also, wood pellets are an inexpensive way to heat a home. We are also fortunate in Quebec to have an abundant source of clean and renewable energy, so along with the pellet stove the house has an electric furnace, though its intention is...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...and in hand with not overestimating your own skills, as many owner/builders assume they can build larger without expanding a budget, by counting their own labour as free. Evaluate your true needs of space rather than overreaching, and work with a designer or architect who recognizes the value of a moderately-sized ho...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...and Spani personnel refined and costed the scope of factory and site work, and Red Door Energy worked on Passive House precertification. The logistics of transportation by truck and barge also had to be understood, and the risks and uncertainties mitigated within a fixed-price quotation. One significant advantage of th...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...and that insulation levels were the concrete wall of the dam. Would you choose the height of that concrete wall randomly, or would want an even level of concrete to hold back as much water as possible? You certainly wouldn't want an extremely high wall on one side and lower on another; the relationship between heat mov...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...anadian Green Building Awards and is a great example of the kind of transformation and performance enhancement that is possible with dilapidated houses in urban cores. *** The renewal of this beautiful century old, 225 m2 single family residence on a small urban lot in Toronto transformed a leaky old house into a h...

Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...architects, structural engineers, mechanical engineers, civil engineers, landscape architects and specialty consultants. A successful green roof is a combination of engineering, architecture and ecology. A successful green roof also thrives with life - plants bloom, insects buzz, birds chirp, and visitors are astounded...

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

...ant mechanical or building material choices. These choices can often make a substantial difference in the cost of a new sustainable home build - and make all the difference on keeping the project on time and on budget. 5. Sustainable home building organization To get out of the gate well-organized, an important ste...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...andard kit home is carefully finished with materials proven to be eco-friendly and durable for a long and maintenance-free lifespan. Exterior cladding materials were chosen for the ecological characteristics , low maintenance requirements and their durability: Cedar cladding with its natural anti-rot properties ...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...andard kit home is carefully finished with materials proven to be eco-friendly and durable for a long and maintenance-free lifespan. Exterior cladding materials were chosen for the ecological characteristics , low maintenance requirements and their durability: Cedar cladding with its natural anti-rot properties ...