Green building is responsible building at the 2024 National Home Show By: greening homes

April 29, 2024
Community, Green Materials, Planning a Renovation

The term “green building” conjures up a lot of things for a variety of people. What I hope stands out is that green building is responsible building. In addition to having a minimum impact on your health and environment, it should minimize problems down the line. Green building is a sound building practice that provides […]

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The Green Building Learning Zone comes to the National Home Show! By: greening homes

March 1, 2024
Community, Green Materials, Planning a Renovation, Resource Efficiency

I am very excited to announce that the Green Building Learning Zone (GBLZ) is coming to the National Home Show, March 8-10 and March 13-17 at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. What is the Green Building Learning Zone? It is the bringing together of Ontario’s best and brightest residential green building experts in a collaborative […]

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It’s December! Time to think spring By: greening homes

December 1, 2023
Planning a Renovation

December means holidays. It also means spring renovations, at least for me. I’m fielding a lot of questions from those of you hoping to start major renovation projects in April or May. This timeframe is feasible if you have architectural plans in hand. However, even if you checked all the boxes with your architect, you […]

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Renovating in a time of high inflation By: greening homes

March 1, 2023
Planning a Renovation

If you’ve been thinking about renovating your home and are wondering what to do when inflation remains high and a mild recession is in the cards, you are not alone.   It’s important to keep in mind that the low interest rates and soaring housing market of the recent past were an anomaly. The days of […]

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Welcome to the new renovation reality By: greening homes

September 1, 2022
Planning a Renovation

Supply chain issues, inflation, labour shortages, potential recession… welcome to the new renovation reality! Starting a home renovation these days may feel like embarking on a perilous journey to the unknown. However, there are ways to help make that journey go a little more smoothly. First and foremost, find yourself a trusted renovator. I’ve written […]

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Identifying toxic substances in your home, prior to a home renovation By: greening homes

June 1, 2022
Indoor Health, Planning a Renovation

Most of us have spent an inordinate amount of time sheltered in our homes, courtesy of the pandemic. We want to ensure that our homes are indeed safe – not just from the coronavirus but from toxic materials. A home renovation is a perfect opportunity to remove asbestos, lead, mercury, mold and other debilitating and […]

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Neighours of High Park Magazine: Improve your home energy performance with new federal grant and loan By: greening homes

September 1, 2021
Media, Planning a Renovation, Resource Efficiency

Greening Homes’ founder and President, Chris Phillips is an expert contributor of Neighbours of High Park Magazine. This article appeared in the September 2021 issue.

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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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