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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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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Leading green builders encourage Ontario to improve building rebate program By: greening homes

June 25, 2018
Announcements

An effective green building program will help homeowners save money. While disappointed that the Ontario government cancelled the newly minted GreenON rebate program, we urge the government to replace it with a reinstated Eco-Energy Audit program, an effective approach that will help homeowners reduce energy bills in addition to greenhouse gas emissions. The GreenON program […]

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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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Ontario’s building code changes will improve your home performance and comfort By: greening homes

December 6, 2017
Planning a Renovation, Resource Efficiency

Changes to the Ontario Building Code come into effect on January 1, 2018, stipulating greater emphasis on airtightness, higher requirements for mechanical ventilation of homes, and more effective insulation installation. If you are planning a home renovation, these changes will impact some of your decisions. The changes are part of an ongoing provincial plan to […]

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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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