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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 tric...

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 eco-design and can co-ordinate the work. They should be abl...

Solar panel installation

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

Ten things to know that will help you get the best value out of a photovoltaic solar panel system… Diligent research is absolutely essential for any homeowner looking to install a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel system on their home. But at some point, you need to hand the reins over to a trustworthy contractor. To ge...

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 h...

Choosing a building envelope

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

When it comes to choosing a building envelope there are many variables to consider: what climate zone you're building in, performance, durability, health, comfort, and of course, cost.… What is the best wall system for a home?  We're frequently asked which is the perfect wall system for high-performance LEED, Pas...

How to stay on budget when building a home

Advice from a green building project manager: how to develop a construction budget and stick to it.… The following is an interview with Patrick Ranger, General Manager at Belvedair, a construction company specializing in the design and construction of green homes. Patrick is trained in business administration and in...

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

Some forward thinking developers are designing homes that are ready to handle the more severe weather caused by a warming climate.… While governments have a role in shaping and improving the built environment through zoning, development bylaws and other means, developers also play a large role. They choose where to ...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

Laminate countertops are traditionally a "cheap" counter option, favored by cookie-cutter home builders, but as there are now better laminate countertops out there for sustainable green homes, we thought we'd give them another look & see how to choose...… Are laminate counters good? Laminate countertops were a lo...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

If you are thinking about going off-grid with solar panels and a battery backup, there are lots of good reasons to do so and ways to do it more affordably. We will outline a few here.… Heating when the grid is down: Beyond lighting, cooking and general home operation, the biggest risk to home comfort and security...

Solar panel reflectors

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

A study showed that reflectors on solar panels can increase their performance by up to 30%… The continuing drop in cost for home solar power generation has led to a dramatic increase in the rate of installations, for both residential and commercial use. Increasing the yield through reflection could make that an even...

Students at New Frontiers School Board to build LEED home to be donate

Quebec carpentry students to build LEED house for Habitat for Humanity

The New Frontiers School Board (NFSB) in Ormstown, Quebec wants to give their graduating students a leg up in the world of green home construction, by building a LEED house that they plan to donate to Habitat for Humanity.… After completing a design workshop for high performance wall systems, teachers at the New Fro...

Advice

How do I find a green builder in my region?

Posted by Marie Isakower July 26, 2018, 8:12 a.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 3 Responses

Help building a LEED Platinum House

Posted by Sattar Alfa Aug. 31, 2018, 11:11 p.m. LEED Homes 1 Responses

How to prevent walls from rotting in humid climates

Posted by Rose Alderson Nov. 5, 2018, 4:34 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the cost of Net Zero?

Posted by SD Holman May 19, 2018, 3:14 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

Current info and references for Legalett Air Heated Shallow Foundation system

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 6 Responses

HRV/ERV systems and ground loops (earth tubes)

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

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