Green Talk

  • Energy Efficient Insulated Concrete Forms

    Originally posted in ICF Builder Magazine, Oct, 2006   Energy Efficient ICFs Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) are rapidly gaining popularity as an alternative building material. As energy prices climb, ICFs are set to become even more popular. Most homeowners save between 30% to 50% on heating and cooling costs when compared to regular stick-frame construction. A recent study by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) found that the ICF homes used 44% less energy to heat and 32% less energy to cool than comparable frame houses.  That means a typical 2,000-sq.-ft. ICF home in the central U.S. would save $200 in heating costs and $65 in cooling costs each year. “All the test data currently available shows that ICF construction has the best combination of energy efficiency and strength for building external walls,” confirms ...

    Posted at June 5, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog,Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Insulated Concrete Forms

    Want save money on your energy bill and live green? Then maybe consider buying an ICF built home. The Insulated Concrete Form Association defines ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) as “hollow blocks or panels” made of plastic foam that are stacked into the shape of walls of a building. Workers then fill the centre with reinforced concrete to create the structure.” (Source: Insulated Concrete Form Association- www.forms.org/index.cfm/betterhouse) ICF has been around for over forty years. The first patent was registered by Canadian Werner Gregori in the late 1960’s. (Source: ICF Magazine-http://www.icfmag.com/articles/news/polysteel_turns_30.html ) Although it initially cost more to build ICF, it fits perfectly with the LEED (Leadership of Energy and Environmental Design) Canada Homes rating system (Source: LEED Canada for Homes- http://www.canadagreenhomeguide.ca/leed-canada-for-homes-.aspx ) and has many ...

    Posted at June 4, 2012 | By : | Categories : Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Benefits of Co Generation

    From our friends at Green Building & Sustainable Strategies magazine http://gbssmag.com CHP Efficiencies Conserve Energy With a decrease in natural gas prices, and the possibility that lower prices will continue in the foreseeable future, there has been an increased interest in the implementation of cogeneration in buildings where there is a simultaneous demand for power and heat (or cooling). Cogeneration is also referred to as Combined Heat and Power (CHP). By increasing efficiencies CHP can provide an attractive return on investment and a contribution to reduction of greenhouse gases. Buildings that use a significant amount of heat and power represent an opportunity for an on-site CHP system. In today’s market, where the price of power paid by the consumer is often higher than 10 ct/kWh and the price of natural gas is lower than $6/GJ, smaller ...

    Posted at June 1, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog,Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Rainwater Harvesting

    Watching the clouds roll in today around the Greater Toronto Area, I am on a "roll" myself about capturing and reusing this water.    Here is a link to a prior post about Grey Water Recycling, but today I am going to comment on Rain Water Harvesting. I will turn to trusty old Wikipedia for our definition: " the accumulating and storing of rainwater for reuse before it reaches the aquifer. It has been used to provide drinking water, water for livestock, water for irrigation, as well as other typical uses." It's a great idea that has been used by ...

    Posted at May 23, 2012 | By : | Categories : Blog,Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Shoulder Season!

    A beautiful sunny day in Toronto. Spend some time with family outdoors, mow the lawn, open the shades. Shoulder season weather is the best time, spring and fall, to conserve energy. No need to heat, no need to cool, and the longer days reduce the need for indoor lighting.  Additionally, the warmer weather allows you to hang laundry outdoors to dry or motivates one to use the barbecue, lowering your electricity costs ( or gas if you have a gas dryer/range). nature, she thought of everything....!

    Posted at May 12, 2012 | By : | Categories : Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Proliferation of Solar

    While taking a road trip recently out of our lovely city of Toronto, I couldn't help but notice the number of solar arrays set in farmers field and even on the front lawn of some rural residential properties.  Specifically, I noticed quite a few in the Ottawa Valley area, around Pembroke, an old lumber town situated about an hour north west of Ottawa on the Trans Canada highway. I thought "this is great", the number of individuals who seemed to have taken advantage  of the programs pushed by the O.P.A through the F.I.T. and Micro F.I.T.  programs.    It had me wondering what's happening with the program now? Recently I was approached by a local company looking to set solar panels on my roof.  Initially I thought it was a groovy idea, but then I had to stop and ask, "What ...

    Posted at May 10, 2012 | By : | Categories : Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Deck’s and Docks for Cottage Country

    Need a new deck or dock for your cottage? Check out our friends at Heatherdale Cottage Contracting Kawartha Ltd. Heatherdale Cottage Contracting is a unique, and socially responsible, owner operated business. The owners all come from very different backgrounds and bring a variety of skills and experiences to each project. Upon request, Wil and Matthew will meet with you for a free consultation and develop a cooperative design that both suits your site and exceeds your expectations..... http://www.heatherdalecc.ca/

    Posted at May 5, 2012 | By : | Categories : Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Home or Office, Reduce your Electricity Bill

    As an electricity consumer you can conserve energy this year by following cheap and easy solutions first, simple ways where you can save money on your bills – and you can start with the following list: • The lighting of the future will focus more on using compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and LED bulbs. Other lighting technologies are being developed now that could save even more electricity. But why wait for these new things to come when you can save energy now by using CFL lamps available in the market. They are a bit pricier than incandescent but the overall savings you can get with prolonged use can more than compensate for that. Plus, incentives from the Ontario Power Authority are ongoing through to 2014, which help to offset the cost of a retrofit. Combined with ...

    Posted at April 23, 2012 | By : | Categories : Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • Green Roofs: The Future, or NOW!

    by Rascom GreenBuild Services on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 at 17:16 · You would think that “Green or Eco” roofing would be a fairly new trend when it comes to living green; however, that’s not the case. According to Greenroof.org (www.greenroof.org), “Green or Eco” Roofing has been well established in Europe for years through government intervention and support. Germany has been using modern green roof technology since the early seventies (Sources: Green Roof Technology website- http://www.greenrooftechnology.com/history-of-green-roofs). So what are some of the benefits? The International Green Roof Association (www.irga-world.com) gives a list of benefits such as: decreased noise levels, acts as heat shield and assist in storm water retention decreased dust and smog levels acts as a natural habitat for animals and plants   Here in Toronto, a bylaw was passed with regards to the construction of Green or “Eco” Roof in 2009; being the first ...

    Posted at April 17, 2012 | By : | Categories : Green Talk | 0 Comment
  • We pay for your retrofit and you share the savings | TowerWise

    This is a very interesting offer from The Toronto Atmospheric Fund. In the right circumstances, it removes the obstacles for retrofitting properties that badly need ways to reduce energy consumption.   Read below for more details, and please comment, leave a thought..... Do you think this is a beneficial program?   Greening buildings About TowerWise Tools & Resources News Info sources Search Contact Upcoming EventsBoiler Training Course for Everyday Building, Plant & Facility MaintenanceMay. 30, 2012Quick LinksTools & FAQs Incentives WebinarsCalculatorsCase studiesEnergy retrofits can boost cash flow and lessen the overall cost impact of other building upgrades.Sign up for our e-newsletter, Looking Up We pay for your retrofit and you share the savingsThe Toronto Atmospheric Funds Energy Savings Purchase Agreement program is a unique approach to financing building energy retrofits.  We are so confident that energy upgrades will save you money, that we will pre-purchase ...

    Posted at April 13, 2012 | By : | Categories : Green Talk | 0 Comment
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