When high performing walls are allowed to breathe By: greening homes

November 6, 2020
Indoor Health, Resource Efficiency

By Chris Phillips I last blogged about the perils of spray foam insulation, highlighting its high carbon impact and potential risk for off-gassing, which can compromise occupant health, and vapour impermeability, which can degrade masonry walls over time.   Toronto’s centenarian brick houses were designed (intentionally or otherwise) to allow vapour to flow in and […]

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Spray foam: buyer beware By: greening homes

September 8, 2020
Indoor Health, Planning a Renovation, Resource Efficiency

Polystyrene spray foam has become the industry standard for home insulation. Unfortunately, this industry standard can create several problems down the line which are costly and could compromise indoor air quality.

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This condo’s inner beauty By: greening homes

May 21, 2019
Awards, Green Materials, Indoor Health, Waste Diversion

We love transforming older condominiums into gorgeous modern – and healthy – havens. Condo renovations are becoming a mainstay for us at Greening Homes, and the renovation community is taking note.

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Reducing environmental impact one house at a time By: greening homes

February 22, 2019
Indoor Health, Resource Efficiency, Site Stories, Transportation, Waste Diversion

Ontario’s building sector produces 21 percent of the province’s greenhouse gases, making it the third largest contributor, next to transportation and industry. Clearly, much needs to be done to reduce this sector’s environmental impact. Happily, in our experience, much can be done to do so, without adding that much more to a project’s budget. In […]

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Not easy being green? Think again By: greening homes

January 28, 2019
Green Materials, Indoor Health, Planning a Renovation

When people think of a “green” home renovation, they often envision high performance windows or a well-insulated attic. We also hear that while it would be nice to go green, it’s unaffordable. In reality, environmentally-responsible renovations, when done right, go beyond windows and insulation, and can save you money. A responsible renovation factors in the […]

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CHBA names Greening Homes a ‘Reno Hero’ By: greening homes

October 24, 2018
Announcements, Indoor Health, Site Stories

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) recently named Greening Homes a ‘Reno Hero’ for a reno rescue in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood. The CHBA features us in this video spotlight: “Over a year after beginning a total home renovation, a young family of six had to start over. Their existing contractor, who failed to get permits […]

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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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