The feds invest in greening your home By: greening homes

March 2, 2021
Green Materials, Resource Efficiency

The Prime Minister made a big announcement in December that will have far reaching impacts on home renovations. Buildings account for 17 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions – 22 percent in Ontario and a whopping 55 percent in Toronto.  This sector also generates a lot of jobs, which are urgently needed to help […]

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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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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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Toronto Star features Greening Homes’ Leslieville reno By: greening homes

October 23, 2018
Green Materials, Media, Resource Efficiency, Site Stories

Greening Homes’ Morse Street project was the front page feature of the Toronto Star’s Homes & Condos section on October 20, 2018! Read all about this gorgeous full home renovation in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood, which fulfilled the homeowner’s need for more space, in addition to ensuring high performance and health standards. “We figured we were […]

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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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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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Ten tips to reduce your energy bills By: greening homes

January 23, 2018
Resource Efficiency

This winter isn’t kidding. Torontonians bundled up to stay warm during record setting lows that kicked off the year. The season has just begun. How bundled up is your home? Are you feeling the draught? Drafty houses pack a double punch, impacting your home comfort and heating bills. If you are planning a home renovation, […]

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