The vote is in! Youth weigh in on our Legacy Project design By: greening homes

March 9, 2016
Community

It’s official! On March 6, the youth of Eva’s Phoenix voted on their favourite design. Several months ago the Canada Green Building Council CaGBC-Greater Toronto Chapter (CaGBC-GTC) approached Greening Homes to volunteer our time and skills to ‘bring the outdoors in’ at the new Eva’s Phoenix location, as part of the National CaGBC’s Legacy Project. […]

Read More

Greening Homes Winter Retreat 2016 By: greening homes

February 8, 2016
Announcements, Community, Resource Efficiency

More than ten years ago I had a vision to offer homeowners quality design renovations with minimal environmental and health impacts – delivered by an exceptional team. Flash forward to a weekend in January this year, that team – 21 in total – gathered at the Ecology Retreat Centre in Hockley Valley to take stock […]

Read More

Chicago’s First Certified Passive House By: greening homes

February 2, 2016
Indoor Health, LEED for Homes, Passive House

A tour of four different Passive (and near Passive) Houses in the Chicago area was conducted on the last day of the 2015 North American Passive House Conference.  The sites varied from Chicago’s very first Certified Passive House to a couple that were under construction.  The homes toured were collaborations between builder Brandon Weiss of […]

Read More

Foam-Free Assemblies By: greening homes

February 2, 2016
Green Materials, LEED for Homes, Passive House

One of the most eye-opening seminars for me at the recent North American Passive House Conference was a talk by Carri Beer (Brennan+Company) and Michael Hindle (Passive to Positive) titled “Foam Free Assemblies for a Net Zero Passive House in Western Maryland”.  Michael spoke with great passion about the importance of material selection criteria other […]

Read More

How Many Blower Door Fans Does It Take to Test Airtightness at the Evergreen Brickworks? By: greening homes

December 18, 2015
Community, LEED for Homes

Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in some airtightness testing at the Evergreen Brickworks (a LEED Platinum building). The testing was for a research group from Ryerson University and was led by Greg Labbe and Shervin Akhavi from the BlueGreen Group. To sufficiently depressurize the building, seven blower door fans were required!  We were very […]

Read More

Building healthy homes through non-toxic construction adhesives By: greening homes

November 30, 2015
Green Materials, Indoor Health

Building beautiful projects that are healthy for their occupants is one of our top priorities at Greening Homes. It’s our fourth core pillar: Ensuring Healthy Indoor Air Quality. We accomplish this by setting up dust separations, protecting sensitive materials and HVAC systems from contamination during construction, running HEPA air scrubbers, and using low-emitting and non-emitting products […]

Read More

Choosing Warmboard for this reno’s radiant floors By: greening homes

November 27, 2015
Green Materials, Project Update, Resource Efficiency, Site Stories

At our full-house renovation in Leslieville, the owners have decided to install a radiant heating system featuring radiant floors in the basement, first floor and second floor washroom with Stelrad radiators in the remaining rooms. We carefully reviewed three radiant floor options for the first floor, which included the staple-up method, lightweight over pour, and […]

Read More

Saving material, energy and money – Greening Homes’ core pillars in action By: greening homes

November 26, 2015
Project Update, Resource Efficiency, Site Stories, Waste Diversion

At Greening Homes, we operate under 5 ‘pillars’ of sustainability. We are always looking for ways to implement sustainable practices on our jobs, even when this requires a little extra work and dedication. At our on-going full-house renovation in Leslieville, we had the opportunity to implement two of our pillars: 1) Responsible Waste Management and […]

Read More