The making of a healthy energy efficient home By: greening homes

September 1, 2016
Community, Green Materials, Indoor Health, Site Stories

This healthy home renovation will be featured during Green Energy Doors Open, September 10. For details and to register visit: greenenergydoorsopen.ca/events/bertmount-healthy-home-retrofit Houses are becoming more energy efficient than ever before. They will become even tighter due to changes to Ontario’s Building Code, which come into effect in January. This is good. The more airtight the […]

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Passive House Retrofit: Five Years After By: greening homes

August 31, 2016
Community, Passive House

The Oakville Passive House Retrofit is participating in Green Energy Doors Open. For more, visit greenenergydoorsopen.ca/events/oakville-passive-house-retrofit More than five years have passed since my wife, daughter and I moved back into our newly reconstructed home, a home designed following PassivHaus principles. We witnessed and participated in the effort that went into turning a 50s bungalow […]

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Installing dense-packed cellulose in newly-framed walls By: greening homes

August 22, 2016
Green Materials, Indoor Health, Site Stories

Cellulose is an excellent insulation choice because of its high recycled content, low embodied energy, and – unlike foam-based insulation – it does not contain petroleum products. Its low off-gassing potential made it the ideal choice for the owner of a full-house gut project in Leslieville, whose health condition makes her sensitive to a variety of […]

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Greening Homes visits the latest in high performance building By: greening homes

June 27, 2016
Community, Passive House, Resource Efficiency

Greening Homes recently sent two of its high performance building enthusiasts- Rowan Caister and Ed Marion- to attend an on-site open house hosted by Toronto based architecture firm Sustainable.TO. The Riseborough Residence, located in North York and constructed by Greenbilt Homes is the latest in a growing trend of high performance homes designed using a […]

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Fort McMurray fires shine spotlight on toxic homes By: greening homes

June 14, 2016
Green Materials, Indoor Health

Several weeks ago we watched in horror as parts of Fort McMurray, surrounding communities and significant patches of the boreal forest went up in flames. Just recently we were reminded of another danger – the public health impact of toxic ash left over by burnt buildings. An article by the Canadian Press draws attention to […]

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Greening Homes’ lasting legacy for youth home By: greening homes

June 10, 2016
Community, Green Materials, Indoor Health

On June 6, more than 20 Greening Homes crew and Legacy Project volunteers assembled and presented benchers and planters for Eva Phoenix’s new home on Brant Street in Toronto, helping to bring the outdoors in for the youth who live in this important transitional facility.  This initiative was part of the Canadian Green Building Council […]

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Get ready to go green on your next home renovation By: greening homes

May 20, 2016
Green Materials, Resource Efficiency, Waste Diversion

This blog was published on Toronto Home Shows’ website, May 16, 2016. Once considered a niche market in the residential building sector, eco-friendly homes are becoming a mainstay, thanks to anticipated policy changes by the Ontario government. Ontario’s proposed Climate Action Plan includes new building code rules to improve energy inefficiencies and move homes off […]

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Win-Win with A-Way Express By: greening homes

May 9, 2016
Community, Transportation

At Greening Homes we wanted to reduce the time it took for construction managers to deliver important documents from the renovation site to the office – particularly sites located in the city’s north and east end. The documents needed to be delivered but we also wanted to optimize our managers’ time. Happily we discovered A-Way […]

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