Whether you buy an older home or a new construction home, there are most likely modifications and renovations you can do to make your new house more eco-friendly. Our article details room by room recommendations to live more efficiently, reduce your environmental impact, and possibly increase a homes value in appraisal. It also covers evaluating your home’s energy efficiency and whether there might be incentives for eco-friendly home renovations. -Mykael
In recent months, we’ve encountered a few situations in which a client approved a preliminary design, only to find that estimated costs to build were greater than expected. In some cases, this entailed an overhaul of the design; in others, the project was put on hold or abandoned completely. This led us to assemble a few thoughts on how to build a new home in this time of escalating costs.
Let’s look at the reasons that costs are higher than they used to be. [Read more…]
Last week I attended a memorial service for an old friend in the Slocan Valley. As many of you know, I’ve maintained a strong anti-flying stance for years in order to minimize my CO2 footprint. As usual, I intended to drive to the service, thinking this to be the most carbon-responsible means of travel.
However, my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to test that assumption. [Read more…]
April is finally here! Now that we’re putting away our woolly scarves and getting back into the garden, many of us are preparing to turn off our furnaces and put our wood-burning stoves to bed until next fall. And as those stoves go dormant, it’s a great time to think about upgrading to an appliance that burns more efficiently.
Some pretty heated arguments (no pun intended) have been made for and against wood stoves in letters to the editor. Many people see wood as a cheap and renewable energy source — although it could be argued that firewood prices around here are gaspingly high (about double what’s charged in rural Quebec, for example). Some Valley residents are gasping for another reason: wood burning has a seriously detrimental effect on air quality, which in turn, threatens our well-being and impacts health care costs. [Read more…]
Having examined the ways that we’ve already saved energy in our workplace, we’ve come to the hard part – looking at our remaining carbon footprint. Calculating this hasn’t been easy. There have been frustrations along the way, and some lessons learned. [Read more…]
The data’s been crunched, and we’re nearly done summarizing our 2016 net-zero project. We reported previously that our office saves 1.41 metric tonnes (mT) of CO2e annually by going mostly paperless in our daily operations: sending and receiving electronic invoicing and correspondence, limiting paper subscriptions, eliminating paper consumables in the kitchen, etc. [Read more…]