Foam-Free Assemblies By: greening homes

February 2, 2016
Green Materials, LEED for Homes, Passive House

One of the most eye-opening seminars for me at the recent North American Passive House Conference was a talk by Carri Beer (Brennan+Company) and Michael Hindle (Passive to Positive) titled “Foam Free Assemblies for a Net Zero Passive House in Western Maryland”.  Michael spoke with great passion about the importance of material selection criteria other […]

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Building healthy homes through non-toxic construction adhesives By: greening homes

November 30, 2015
Green Materials, Indoor Health

Building beautiful projects that are healthy for their occupants is one of our top priorities at Greening Homes. It’s our fourth core pillar: Ensuring Healthy Indoor Air Quality. We accomplish this by setting up dust separations, protecting sensitive materials and HVAC systems from contamination during construction, running HEPA air scrubbers, and using low-emitting and non-emitting products […]

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Choosing Warmboard for this reno’s radiant floors By: greening homes

November 27, 2015
Green Materials, Project Update, Resource Efficiency, Site Stories

At our full-house renovation in Leslieville, the owners have decided to install a radiant heating system featuring radiant floors in the basement, first floor and second floor washroom with Stelrad radiators in the remaining rooms. We carefully reviewed three radiant floor options for the first floor, which included the staple-up method, lightweight over pour, and […]

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Insulated Rammed Earth – Beautiful, Natural, and Functional, by Steven Gray By: greening homes

October 9, 2015
Community, Green Materials, Indoor Health, Passive House, Resource Efficiency

Architect Terrell Wong, owner of Stone’s Throw Design, and builder Sylvia Cook, owner of Aerecura Rammed Earth, presented their amazing work with insulated rammed earth buildings at the North American Passive House Conference in Chicago. Too often high-performance means high-tech, with many Passive House walls incorporating space-age products and complex detailing. This look at the history, […]

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Would you like to contribute to research in Green Homes? By: greening homes

October 9, 2015
Announcements, Community, Green Materials, Resource Efficiency

Do you own a home? Are you planning, currently engaged in, or have ever undertaken a home renovation with green and sustainable features? Do you have an hour to spare? My name is Mahtab and I am a graduate student at the University of Toronto. I am researching effective strategies to get homeowners engaged in […]

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Planning a Green Roof By: greening homes

August 20, 2015
Community, Green Materials

Green roofs are sprouting up in Toronto, and no wonder. They’re a great way to cool a building in the summer and manage water during a rain storm. Thumbs up on their aesthetic appeal too! We caught up with Leslie Doyle of Restoration Gardens, which specializes in green roofs, to share her insights on the […]

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Building on success, by Christopher Phillips By: greening homes

August 12, 2015
Community, Green Materials, Indoor Health, LEED for Homes, Transportation

Celebrating success is – well it’s awesome. Advancing our understanding to improve our practice, particularly when it comes to healthy buildings, is priceless. It’s why we went to Vancouver in June. We were there for the National Conference of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). CaGBC, along with SAB Magazine, presented us with the Canadian […]

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Nadurra – GH top pick By: greening homes

June 19, 2015
Green Materials

Our friends at Nadurra have been featured in NOW Magazine for some of their amazing floors. We love the selection at their Toronto showroom and recommend their FSC solid or engineered wood floors to many of our clients. Our contact at Nadurra is Michael Boulger – an extremely helpful fellow. If you have a need for wood, cork or […]

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