Planning a renovation? Timing is everything By: greening homes

February 7, 2018
Planning a Renovation

This blog is part of Greening Homes’ Planning a Renovation series. Early in the year we often field inquiries about spring home renovations. How soon can we start? That’s all going to depend on the project’s scope. If you plan to expand the building envelope, it could take a lot longer to get your approvals. […]

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Ten tips to reduce your energy bills By: greening homes

January 23, 2018
Resource Efficiency

This winter isn’t kidding. Torontonians bundled up to stay warm during record setting lows that kicked off the year. The season has just begun. How bundled up is your home? Are you feeling the draft? Drafty houses pack a double punch, impacting your home comfort and heating bills. If you are planning a home renovation, […]

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Ontario’s building code changes will improve your home performance and comfort By: greening homes

December 6, 2017
Planning a Renovation, Resource Efficiency

Changes to the Ontario Building Code come into effect on January 1, 2018, stipulating greater emphasis on airtightness, higher requirements for mechanical ventilation of homes, and more effective insulation installation. If you are planning a home renovation, these changes will impact some of your decisions. The changes are part of an ongoing provincial plan to […]

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Aging in place in Toronto By: greening homes

November 20, 2017
Alternative housing, Planning a Renovation

Once upon a time it was not uncommon for Toronto homeowners to purchase and sell several homes in their lifetimes. Property was affordable and people moved to accommodate a growing family or to live in a neighbourhood that better suited their needs and lifestyles. Nowadays, a growing population is up against limited residential stock. Consequently, […]

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The making of a high performance, semi-detached century-old home By: greening homes

October 13, 2017
Green Materials, Indoor Health, Resource Efficiency, Site Stories

In September we opened to the public a renovation in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood during Green Energy Doors Open (GEDO). This annual event by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association offers a fantastic opportunity for builders to showcase emerging best-practice energy-efficient design and construction details. The homeowners for this project approached Greening Homes in February with a […]

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Tackling asbestos. Mesothelioma Awareness Day, September 26 By: greening homes

September 25, 2017
Indoor Health

Asbestos. That’s one of the last things you’d want to hear that’s lurking in your home. And yet, if your house or condo was built before the early 1990s, there’s a very good chance it’s somewhere behind your walls or even in full view. That’s because asbestos, durable and resilient as it is, was the […]

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What to do about asbestos in your home: interview with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance By: greening homes

September 25, 2017
Indoor Health

We take asbestos very seriously at Greening Homes. Exposure to this dangerous substance can lead to a variety of diseases, particularly mesothelioma – a deadly cancer that affects the lungs primarily. Asbestos was the material of choice for insulation, waste piping, roof shingles, tiles and other products between the 1940s and 1980s. Any buildings built […]

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Reducing your heating costs when the price of fossil fuels increases By: greening homes

September 6, 2017
Planning a Renovation, Resource Efficiency

Next year, the Canadian government’s national rising fee on carbon will begin in an effort to meet Canada’s greenhouse gas reduction targets made in Paris in 2015. What does this mean for you? All provinces must have a carbon fee starting at a minimum $10 per carbon ton, rising by $10 every year until 2022, […]

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