Category: Green Home Improvement

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

A Home’s Building Envelope and its Energy Efficiency

This is a guest post written by Debra Fenwick of Fenwick Design Group. Lately, the buzz in home renovation has been about the importance of the home’s building envelope and its effect on energy efficiency. The envelope is defined as the outer layer of the building that separates the living space...

/ March 10, 2009

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

A skylight in a condo? It will cure your blues too!

Sceptics aside,  Cliff Arnall’s theory of the third Monday in January being the most depressing day of the year seems to me to hit the mark. What with holiday let down, credit card bills and a severe lack of daylight for those of us in northern climes,  January can be a pretty...

/ January 13, 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
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