It’s back to school! When can I start my home renovation? By: greening homes

September 11, 2018
Planning a Renovation

This blog is part of Greening Homes’ Planning a Renovation series. It’s back to school time (and back to life) time. Now that the kids and you are back to reality after the summer break, you may be taking a serious look at your dream home renovation. You are not alone. This time of year, […]

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Toronto is changing lanes on laneway housing By: greening homes

September 10, 2018
Alternative housing

This blog is part of our Alternative Housing series. Imagine credit: Lanescape. This summer, Toronto housing received a shot in the arm. Toronto homeowners, who have alleyway access, may be permitted to transform their backyard garages into small houses or accessory suites. Facing public pressure over a housing shortage, the Toronto City Council approved, in […]

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Building materials profile: ROCKWOOL By: greening homes

July 12, 2018
Resource Efficiency

We’ve been using ROCKWOOL (formally Roxul) since Greening Homes’ early days. Headquartered – in North America – in Milton, Ontario, Rockwool offers a variety of stone-wool insulation products. We were one of the first companies to use ROCKWOOL as a sub-slab insulation replacement for extruded polystyrene spray foam, which has a high-embodied carbon footprint and […]

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Leading green builders encourage Ontario to improve building rebate program By: greening homes

June 25, 2018
Announcements

An effective green building program will help homeowners save money. While disappointed that the Ontario government cancelled the newly minted GreenON rebate program, we urge the government to replace it with a reinstated Eco-Energy Audit program, an effective approach that will help homeowners reduce energy bills in addition to greenhouse gas emissions. The GreenON program […]

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Toronto Bike Month – even home renovators bike to work By: greening homes

May 28, 2018
Greening Homes' Team, Transportation

It may seem odd for home renovators to arrive at a job site on bike. Heavy duty pick-up trucks are often associated with renovation firms. Not Greening Homes. Since our inception, we’ve made environmentally-friendly transportation one of our core pillars. During Toronto Bike Month (May 28 – June 30), Greening Homes’ President, Chris Phillips offers […]

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Building materials profile: ECOBond HD By: greening homes

May 7, 2018
Green Materials, Indoor Health, Waste Diversion

As home renovators, we take impacts to the environmental and human health seriously. It’s no surprise then that our product selection undergo careful review and consideration. How many of our green pillar boxes does a product tick? Is it nontoxic? Does it produce minimal waste, have a low embodied energy, and ensure high performance? Is […]

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Innovative, healthy building materials profile: Fibreboard By: greening homes

April 20, 2018
Green Materials, Indoor Health, Resource Efficiency

These days more and more companies are finding ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Concerns about climate change are mounting, and there is a real appetite to take responsibility for this global problem, coupled with awareness that innovative solutions to lighten the carbon load often help improve the bottom line. Greening Homes has been conscious […]

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Why it’s much better to relocate during your home renovation By: greening homes

April 18, 2018
Planning a Renovation

This blog is part of Greening Homes’ Planning a Renovation series. Should we live in the home during the renovation, or temporarily relocate? Often, homeowners choose the former to save money and avoid the inconvenience of moving. In so doing they typically spend more money overall and can make decisions they later regret. Living in […]

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