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Posted August 28, 2008

This is a blog about creating environmentally sustainable buildings. It concentrates primarily on houses, as that is what I am most familiar with, but will also cover commercial buildings. My experience with green building comes from building my own house using sustainable principles in the design and construction. In this blog I cover green products, methods of construction and design principles.

Why Build Green

If you are building a new home, energy efficiency should be high on the list of must haves, as with a small amount of money invested up front, there are large savings down the road.  If a house is built to the R2000 or energy star ratings, it will result in a house that has a significantly lower energy usage than a typical house.  The costs to make a house energy efficient are usually less than 10% of the total cost, and if added to the mortgage, the energy savings are often more than the added mortgage payment, and with the increasing prices for energy, this ratio will only improve.  After the mortgage is paid, the energy savings are yours to keep.  So even if you don’t care about the environment, or think that climate change is a myth, build an energy efficient house in order to save yourself some money.

Any advertisments on this site should not be taken as a recommendation for that product.  I have little control on what companies Google places in advertisements.

If you see a green product you would like reviewed, or have plans that you would like inspected or need help designing your green building feel free to contact me.

Enjoy.

Ward Edwards
ward@buildgreen.ca

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2 Comments so far

  1. Robin D August 28, 2012 2:06 pm

    I am an aspiring homeowner and am concentrating on my plans to build a green home for myself. Growing up in a house with a solarium, I have always found this is where I most enjoy to spend my quiet time.
    My questions are: what shape of room, direction relative to the sun, level in the house (ground floor vs. 2nd floor), materials for flooring and windows would you suggest for me in my outdoorsy-room endeavour?

    Sincerely, Robin

    P.S. I very much enjoyed your article about the energy-efficient windows!

  2. Ward Edwards August 29, 2012 8:07 am

    I would consider placing the sun space on the south side of the house, with an insulated wall between the sunspace and the livingspace. In this way you could use it as a large solar air heater in the winter and have a fan system to move the heat into the house once it got warm enough. The only downside to this would be that the area could get quite hot in the summer if it is not properly shaded. I would be inclinded to put it on the ground floor and put in an insulated stone or concrete floor so that there would be some thermal mass to keep it a bit warmer durning the night.

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