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MIBOP energy modeling software from Mindscape Innovations
Concept and design

Free online energy modeling from Mindscape Innovations

...and has helped builders at the planning stage understand how various energy upgrades impact their EnerGuide score”, says Kyle Anders, Sustainable Design Special...

Durability Risk Evaluation Form
LEED Homes

Durability Risk Evaluation Form

...and management plan means determining the specific risks and challenges your home would face - starting with the climate zone where you are building and moving ...

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

...planning and successfully building an eco-friendly and sustainable green home: 1. Save a budget (and keep some in reserve) This is sort of a no-brainer, but...

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

...design, same lot and orientation.] Materials: True-foam Type II and III expanded polystyrene, custom cut sub slab and exterior foundation insulation Blo...

First Passive House in BC Whistler

B.C.’s First Passive House was built in Whistler in 2012.

...and a leading expert in Passive House Design and Planning. “We wanted to show that building sustainably isn’t only for the affluent. With a little innovation ho...

Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

...and the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning released a landmark report Feb. 29 that describes how green buildings advanc...

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

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...and front door entrances that go unused, while people regularly come in and out of kitchen or side doors. Designing a smaller and more functional space that flo...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...and severe, resources like energy, food and water are becoming more and more scarce in some areas, and a growing world population means more and more people wan...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...design of Ecohome’s demonstration home: Passive heating and cooling, healthy living space, affordable to build and operate, resilient and flexible design. The...

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

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...and assist the general contractor and their subcontractors in respecting and implementing the overall design intent of the green roof system. The GRP can also w...

Ontario climate change action plan
Grants and incentives

Ontario announces ambitious climate change action plan to reduce emissions

...PLANNING AND LAND Oversee the development of communities that are more geared towards walking, cycling and public transportation Protect natural areas and agric...