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Energy Efficient Windows

It may feel like Old Man Winter is finally loosening his grip – but installing energy-efficient windows will save you money year-round. Simply put, older windows can cause heat loss in winter and heat absorption in summer that increases the cost of air conditioning. In winter, energy-efficient windows reduce heat...

/ March 11, 2017
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The Ottawa Green Expo & Climate Control Solar Blinds

The Ottawa Green Expo will take place March 19th and 20th  in Lansdowne Park. This free event offers hundreds of exhibitors for all things green. Home and garden ideas, eco-friendly food and clothing, transportation options, organic food and cooking, and  guest speakers– there will be lots of ideas for greener...

/ February 15, 2011
Beautiful backyard patio by All-Pro Landscaping & Carpentry Ltd.

Soy. It’s Not Just for Tofu Anymore — How About Insulation, Furniture and Urinals?

Soy, a crop that's grown in our own backyard, is being turned into, well, just about everything. From countertops to urinals, soy is not only the food of the future, now it's the building material of the future too.

/ November 11, 2009
Traditional Wooden door by Doors Galore

IIDEX and Green Building Fest Round-up

A review of a few of the items from IIDEX (the International Interior Design Show), including a review of Dufferin Concrete, Accoya Wood, MADE Design, and ReOrient.

/ September 29, 2009
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LEED for Homes Certification Announced By The Canada Green Building Council

The Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council invited a few of us media types to the Kortright Centre's new "Archetype Sustainable House" to hear about the launch of its latest program: LEED Canada for Homes.

/ March 4, 2009
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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
Kitchen renovation by Klondike Contracting

Smart Home Automation Systems Promote Energy Efficiency

If you’ve ever dreamt of a smart home where your security, HVAC, audio and video systems were controllable at the touch of a button, Brack Electronics is one of the companies that does this work. Now, however, they’ve taken their system integration knowledge a step further and have made it...

/ October 9, 2008
Kitchen and dining room area by Fresh Home Innovations

Energy Efficiency Products For Your Home Brought To You by Village Energy

At the Fall Home Show I met Jup Bhasin from Village Energy. Village Energy has all kinds of products that will help your home become more energy efficient — just in time for your winter heating bills. I thought I knew quite a bit about curbing energy bills, but after...

/ October 7, 2008