New federal grant and loan to improve home energy performance By: greening homes

July 27, 2021
Announcements, Planning a Renovation, Resource Efficiency, Water Protection

By Christopher Phillips, Founder and President of Greening Homes Ltd. In March, I wrote about federal support to help homeowners offset the costs of home energy retrofits that improve energy efficiency and comfort, while reducing energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions. In June the federal government announced an update. Its new Canada Greener Homes Grant […]

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Plan well. Be patient. Renovating a home during a pandemic By: greening homes

April 28, 2021
Planning a Renovation

Planning is everything. This was true before the pandemic and is very much so now.

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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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Home renovations and project planning during COVID-19 By: greening homes

June 3, 2020
Announcements, Planning a Renovation, Project Update

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone and everything. For some homeowners, its timing came at a particularly bad time. Those in the middle of a renovation saw their project slow down. Some wondered if their project would be put on hiatus for the unforeseeable future. Happily for them, the Ontario government listed residential construction projects […]

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Want to add value to your home? Choose the right home renovator By: greening homes

February 14, 2020
Planning a Renovation

It is tempting when prospecting for a renovation contractor or home builder, to choose the one that promises the moon at the lowest price. Be careful. What may sound great for your budget may end up costing you a lot more in the long run.

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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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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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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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