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

October 23, 2018
Green Materials, 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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Interview with Manuel Sester, Greening Homes’ “wandering” German journeyman carpenter By: greening homes

September 12, 2018
Greening Homes' Team, Site Stories

Greening Homes has made its mark in the residential renovations industry in Toronto, partly because it strives to adopt a variety of initiatives to expand knowledge and experiences rather than settle for the status quo. Greening Homes’ president, Chris Phillips was introduced to a company that specializes in placing qualified carpenters from Central European countries […]

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The making of a high performance, semi-detached century-old home By: greening homes

October 13, 2017
Green Materials, Indoor Health, Resource Efficiency, Site Stories

In September we opened to the public a renovation in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood during Green Energy Doors Open (GEDO). This annual event by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association offers a fantastic opportunity for builders to showcase emerging best-practice energy-efficient design and construction details. The homeowners for this project approached Greening Homes in February with a […]

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The making of a healthy energy efficient home By: greening homes

September 1, 2016
Community, Green Materials, Indoor Health, Site Stories

This healthy home renovation will be featured during Green Energy Doors Open, September 10. For details and to register visit: greenenergydoorsopen.ca/events/bertmount-healthy-home-retrofit Houses are becoming more energy efficient than ever before. They will become even tighter due to changes to Ontario’s Building Code, which come into effect in January. This is good. The more airtight the […]

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Installing dense-packed cellulose in newly-framed walls By: greening homes

August 22, 2016
Green Materials, Indoor Health, Site Stories

Cellulose is an excellent insulation choice because of its high recycled content, low embodied energy, and – unlike foam-based insulation – it does not contain petroleum products. Its low off-gassing potential made it the ideal choice for the owner of a full-house gut project in Leslieville, whose health condition makes her sensitive to a variety of […]

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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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