Tag: eco friendly

Eco-Friendly Apartment & Condo Living

If you’re looking to go green in your apartment or condo, you might find it more difficult than your friends living in houses. While they can add solar panels to their roofs and grow their own vegetables in backyard gardens, you might feel like there are fewer options for your...

/ April 17, 2017

Nancy’s 2017 Renovation Predictions

2016 was fantastic year for the HomeStars community and we hope that it was for you and your family as well. More so than in previous years, we have seen our community increase investment in their homes as the upward rise in house prices continues in Canada’s major cities. In...

/ January 2, 2017

The Pros and Cons of Green Electricity

When you think of "green electricity" the first thing you may imagine is an array of solar panels on a home's roof. While the energy produced by these panels is "green" as in, it doesn't generate any greenhouse gases, green electricity is usually more generally referred to as electric power...

/ August 11, 2009

Eco-Friendly Countertops Available Near You.

A list of some available green countertops and where to find them in Toronto.

/ June 24, 2009
Outdoor Furniture Hickory Dickory Decks, Dundas ON

Three Types of Eco-Friendly Insulation for a Green Home

One of the key goals of green building is to significantly reduce the amount of electricity and gas that are consumed over the life of the building particularly from fossil fuels. Lowering energy consumption results in a lower carbon output which means lower greenhouse gase output.

/ May 27, 2009
Laundry room renovation done by Ashton Renovations

The ArchetypeHomes at the Kortright Centre: Green Homes are Models of Energy Efficiency and Best Green Building Practices

On a cold and rainy Earth Day, over 400 green builders, enthusiasts, media types and students attended the grand opening of the new Archetype Homes at The Kortright Centre. The homes are the result of an alliance between BILD, TRCAand the Kortright Centre. Materials and labour were provided by numerous...

/ April 28, 2009

Where to Buy Eco-Friendly Hardwood Flooring

Choosing hardwood flooring can be overwhelming. There are endless suppliers out there, each offering a variety of hardwood flooring options. There’s solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, unfinished, prefinished, wide plank, antiqued, distressed, hand-scraped. And it’s available in maple, oak, cherry, alder, birch, fir….in what seems like a thousand different colour options...

/ March 26, 2009

The Pros and Cons of Tankless Hot Water Heaters

From time to time we invite experts in their field to contribute to our Homestars blog. Debra Fenwick of Fenwick Design Group has been advising her clients on the “green” renovation options for a few years now. One of the subjects that comes up frequently is whether or not the client...

/ December 9, 2008
A delightful She-Shed - or Scriptorium - for writing by Shed Solutions of Calgary

Eco-Friendly Building Materials

By Kelly Turnbull Sacchidananda Design Solutions There is no doubt about it; everyone wants to be more environmentally responsible. However, going green can be a little overwhelming. The best advice I can give is to pick your battles. You don’t have to save the world all at once.  Just a...

/ November 24, 2008

Choices for Eco-Friendly Blinds and Shades

When I was at the HomeStars “Meet the Contractors” event a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking with Ana Pilling from 4Blinds Inc. We began talking about new “eco-friendly” window coverings products and the increasing selection that’s available. In fact, it can be a bit overwhelming so choosing a product...

/ November 19, 2008