Making environmentally-friendly choices is becoming a common concern these days in terms of home renovations. Eco-responsible options are available for each type of material and each type of service. It is a commonly-held belief that green renovation projects are more expensive yet oftentimes, prices are the same. Moreover, since they represent savings in terms of energy consumption, the amount of money that is spent for things like utility bills will compensate any difference in price, either in the long or short term.
Renovation projects that are deemed environmentally-friendly are also characterized by the fact that they aim for good energy efficiency and that they are made using products with low environmental impacts. There is also a marked concern right now for the health of the home occupants. Lastly, locally sourced products are prioritized over imported products.
Are you planning a green renovation project?
We can help you find contractors! Our network is made up of renovation companies in all fields of the home construction and renovation industries. Here are a few examples of the green renovation projects that can be carried out by our contractors:
- Improving the home’s insulation;
- Green kitchen renovation;
- Green bathroom renovation;
- Solar panels;
- Eco-friendly and renewable materials (hemp, straw, wood, flax, cellulose wadding);
- Heating systems;
- Low consumption toilets;
- Durable floor coverings;
- Recycled products (paint);
- Energy star products and appliances;
- Low consumption lighting;
Are you looking for a general contractor for energy-efficiency improvement projects in your home?
We refer both licensed trade specialists and general contractors. However, for large-scaled projects, working with a general contractor is recommended. These types of contractors are able to carry out full projects from start to end, by subcontracting the tasks that they are not able to complete themselves. They are responsible for completing each step of the process, which takes a considerable amount of weight off your shoulders.
3 important facts about environmentally-friendly renovation projects
- Are you afraid of having to spend fortunes to update your home according to environmental norms? Know that several financial assistance programs and subsidies are available to help you save money. Programs change often and differ from one province to another but here are some that are available at the moment:
- In Ontario, the Home Reno Rebate program allows home owners to get a $2500 rebate for eco-friendly home renovations
- In Quebec, Renoclimat is a renovation program that touches on structural elements (roof, foundations, exterior walls), floors, ventilation and heating, among other things.
- In Nova Scotia, Efficiency Nova Scotia offers rebates, free upgrades and other goodies for green home renovation project.
- For an eco-friendly insulation, recycled materials or plant materials should be prioritized. The main criteria to take into account is thermal conductivity and renewability.
- Plant materials: cork and hay
- Recycled materials : cellulose wadding
- Green roofs help reduce the urban heat island effect. They protect the roof’s membrane and encourage the biodiversity of the environment in which they are installed. There are intensive green roofs, which require a lot of maintenance, and extensive green roofs, which are more wild and easygoing.
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