Tag: green

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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
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
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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
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
Finished basement by Domilya Group

Finally! A One-Stop Shop For All Your Green Building Materials Needs!

If you’re a green building fan like me, you’ve probably looked on enviously at Ottawa’s and Vancouver’s green building stores wondering why we here in Toronto don’t have the same thing. (Ottawa has “The Healthiest Home” and Vancouver has “Greenworks Building Supply“). But surprisingly nothing like those stores existed in...

/ November 18, 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