Insulated Rammed Earth – Beautiful, Natural, and Functional, by Steven Gray By: greening homes

October 9, 2015
Community, Green Materials, Indoor Health, Passive House, Resource Efficiency

Architect Terrell Wong, owner of Stone’s Throw Design, and builder Sylvia Cook, owner of Aerecura Rammed Earth, presented their amazing work with insulated rammed earth buildings at the North American Passive House Conference in Chicago. Too often high-performance means high-tech, with many Passive House walls incorporating space-age products and complex detailing. This look at the history, […]

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Would you like to contribute to research in Green Homes? By: greening homes

October 9, 2015
Announcements, Community, Green Materials, Resource Efficiency

Do you own a home? Are you planning, currently engaged in, or have ever undertaken a home renovation with green and sustainable features? Do you have an hour to spare? My name is Mahtab and I am a graduate student at the University of Toronto. I am researching effective strategies to get homeowners engaged in […]

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Introducing the PHIUS+ 2015 Rating System, by Steven Gray By: greening homes

October 5, 2015
Community, Passive House, Resource Efficiency

I had the good fortune of attending an all-day pre-conference workshop on WUFI Passive; for which I am grateful to Greening Homes for its dedication and commitment to the ideals of Passive House (and my own continuing professional development)! The Passive House standard originated in Germany and has been enthusiastically adopted by high-performance builders and […]

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Flood proofing your home By: greening homes

October 5, 2015
Community, Water Protection

Over the past few years, more and more new homeowners of century-old homes have been calling us about flood proofing their wet basements. They’ve either been impacted by Toronto’s recent extreme weather events or they want to avoid future problems. They’re wise to take action now. According to a study commissioned by the City of […]

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The latest in Passive House building – coming soon! By: greening homes

September 17, 2015
Announcements, Community

  We recently attended the 2015 North American Passive House Conference in Chicago to learn and share with the leading builders and designers in the field of passive and sustainable building. Over the next few weeks we’ll be releasing a series of posts to cover the many exciting and innovative presentations, seminars, and product demonstrations […]

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Every week is Healthy Commute Week By: greening homes

August 21, 2015
Community, Site Stories, Transportation

One of our core pillars is smart transportation to and from the job site. Rather than fill up the streets with trucks, our crew walk from the nearest TTC stop or lock up their bicycles. Managers drive an electric smart car to travel from site to site. So deciding to participate in Pollution Probe’s Healthy […]

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Planning a Green Roof By: greening homes

August 20, 2015
Community, Green Materials

Green roofs are sprouting up in Toronto, and no wonder. They’re a great way to cool a building in the summer and manage water during a rain storm. Thumbs up on their aesthetic appeal too! We caught up with Leslie Doyle of Restoration Gardens, which specializes in green roofs, to share her insights on the […]

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Building on success, by Christopher Phillips By: greening homes

August 12, 2015
Community, Green Materials, Indoor Health, LEED for Homes, Transportation

Celebrating success is – well it’s awesome. Advancing our understanding to improve our practice, particularly when it comes to healthy buildings, is priceless. It’s why we went to Vancouver in June. We were there for the National Conference of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). CaGBC, along with SAB Magazine, presented us with the Canadian […]

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