By now, most everyone has heard about Cap and Trade – not that everyone understands the idea. As early as January 2017, the Ontario Government will have initiated the latest iteration of Cap and Trade – a plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions that all of us emit (homes and businesses). Beyond that, there’s a plan to further lower limits over time. Through legislation, companies like Union Gas will participate, and throughout 2017 there will be marginal increases to gas bills. The estimated increases will amount to about $75 for the average home for the entire calendar year. Continue reading
Every residential home is different – built in a different era; with different specifications; and with different building materials. As such, Building Codes allow for standardization and consistency in building practices. This would apply to everything from a newly constructed home, to a basement reno, to insulation retrofitting. However, for the most part, these codes are considered minimum requirements. And while this may suffice for many homeowners, it’s far better to go beyond the minimum, employing a quality contractor who builds with quality materials and products.
Whether building a new home, or installing new insulation, air tightness is key to performance. In most cases, professionals acknowledge this fact, and further recognize the importance of an air tightness test. The bigger issue, it seems, is how best to insulate a space, and pass an air tightness test without question. This is why traditional options for air sealing are being reconsidered. Continue reading
For many, Home Energy Labeling will be a completely new concept. It’s starting to gain exposure, but will make much greater gains in the coming years. Energy Labeling is essentially about rating the energy efficiency of a home, for today, and for the future. It means that a current homeowner can be assured of the home’s energy rating, and a future homebuyer can be confident that certain standards have been satisfied. Old home or new, the standardization will benefit everyone. Continue reading