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Tips for finding a reliable green home builder

How to choose a home-building contractor

How to find reliable green home builders in your region and what questions to ask them. How to find a certified Green Builder? It’s not common to find a reliable ‘green home listing’ or ‘green pages’ in specific regions, so choosing a quality general contractor with experience building efficient homes can be tricky…

Home construction

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

Choosing a building team in design and construction: weigh the options between a DIY home build, hiring a general contractor, purchasing a Pre-fab kit. 1. Hiring an architect: We discussed previously the idea of choosing an architect that specializes in high-performance Eco-friendly home design and can co-ordinate…

Real estate

What to look for in a new home and location. For most of us, purchasing or building a home will be the biggest investment of our lives. This section is about knowing what to look for in new homes to get the best value for your dollar, or what to look for in a building lot for the same reasons. What to look for in a…

Resources and getting started

Whether you are building a home, you just bought a home, or you want some energy conservation tips for your apartment, it all starts here. Our tips below will help you get started in designing and planning your project. Choosing between buying, building or renting  1. Building a new home. Building a sustainable and…

Midori Uchi

A new contender for the title of Canada's Greenest Home

On September 10, 2012, Naikoon Contracting Ltd. officially broke ground on the "Midori Uchi", launching the construction of what they hope will be the greenest home in the country. Naikoon Contracting Ltd. is embarking on a new residential project that's expected to achieve some of the highest green residential…

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams

All about wood

The sight of a tree falling can easily trigger something even in the most unlikely environmentalist. Ignoring that visual, wood can be a much greener material choice than many others if you put some thought into selection. Finding sustainable wood: We live in a country with over 400 million hectares of forest, so…

Ecohome's passively heated Edelweiss House

Are better insulated homes worth the money?

Better houses can be cheaper to live in from day one. Why build a less comfortable, and less efficient home if it actually costs more. There are probably only two general desires we share when imagining a dream house - we all want the nicest one possible for the least amount of money. And we want both of those…

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

A simple checklist for home buyers - visual clues that can help indicate the quality and durability of a home. The following are some things to think about while evaluating a home before making an offer. If you're a driver: Check the route from the house to your place of work on Google traffic maps to estimate how…

Green building financial incentives

Learn what incentives and rebates are available to help you get a better performing and healthier home for less money. Important to note: some programs may be discontinued, some new ones may be out there. Please help us keep this page updated if any of these don't work out or you know of others out there and drop a…

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020. Top Sustainable Construction Trends for 2020 There are always new green building products coming out that lead to more efficient, more durable or more eco-friendly homes. But most of what grabbed our attention this past year, and the things that we will see through…

Bathroom with refinished claw foot tub and barn board trim in a home c

Finding environmentally friendly materials

Green materials don’t start and end with whether or not they are recyclable or contain recycled content. There are many factors to consider when searching for sustainable materials. All materials will have a history, the pros and cons of which will need to be weighed. Unfortunately there isn’t always an obvious…

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