planning and design / Guides

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?

...and requires a thorough understanding of the physics behind it so you don’t unwittingly design it to fail. To understand the difference between air barriers and...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...and showers, then filtering and treating it so it can be safely and practically used. Not as drinking water of course, but for toilets and irrigation. This is a...

Lasagna Gardening - How to Build an Easy Vegetable Garden
Food production

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

...and builds up the soil – adding drainage and tilth to clay soils and sandy soils Lasagna gardens are low maintenance – no-till and easy to do by following the...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...and calculations, and requires assembling a dedicated team of collaborators for the design and build, including the guidance of a PHIUS consultant. Why build ...

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...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...and feels like a real house then get out there and do it. They aren't so bad an idea that you should thwart your dreams and live an unfulfilled life. And fina...

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?

...and that also hold insulation off areas that may get hot if still using incandescent bulbs. The best solution all around is to replace old, leaky and incandesce...

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...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

Diminishing returns on insulation. How much insulation is too much?

...andomly pick a number. So that means if it costs $2,000 to buy and install that insulation and it will save $400 a year on heating (and/or cooling costs), then ...