Two great events to help your home reno plans By: greening homes

September 5, 2017
Announcements, Green Materials, Indoor Health, Project Update, Resource Efficiency

Receive free home renovation advice from us, or visit one of our projects that’s applying the latest high efficiency practices when you visit the Toronto Fall Home Show and/or our Green Energy Doors Open (GEDO) event, respectively, this month.

We’ll be at booth 647 at the Fall Home Show, September 15-17, located at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place. Drop by, say hi and bounce your home renovation ideas off us for feedback. Get ideas and be inspired at the Fall Home Show!

We are also very excited about sharing one of our home renovation projects with you at GEDO on Saturday, September 23. Last year, we showcased our healthy home renovation in Leslieville. This year, we will feature another renovation in this neighbourhood, located at 116 Morse Street. Like the Bertmount house, this renovation will feature healthy products, and is incorporating innovative wall and roof assemblies to achieve energy performance goals set by the clients.

The Morse house is a wood framed brick veer century-old home. The project’s scope is a full gut with a third floor addition. The recently renovated kitchen and second floor bathroom will be left untouched which will present a challenge for tying in new air barriers on the interior of the house.

This project is another opportunity to dispel the myth that century-old homes cannot be brought up to, and surpass, current efficiency standards. We plan to use dense packed cellulose to insulate the interior. Cellulose, made of recycled newspaper, is a highly effective and non-toxic insulation. We will also ex-sulate the exterior shell with Roxul. This is a common practice in the commercial world, and one that we’ve been pioneering in many of our residential projects.  The reason for this added insulation is to combat thermal bridging to ensure consistent protection from the elements. Think of the outer insulation as an extra blanket wrapped around the house to combat temperature inconsistencies, which create drafts and moisture – fertile grounds for mold.

The project began in the spring so the open house will feature a gutted house with insulation about to be or in the early stages of being applied. Rowan Caister, the Project Manager, and team will be on hand to answer your questions about this insulation method, the unique wall and roof assemblies, and non-toxic building products.

Our project will be one of more than 170 GEDO events in 70 communities in Ontario that weekend. BC and Alberta are also participating. To learn more about GEDO, visit