Green World

Front Yard Ideas That Boost Curb Appeal

Imagine being invited to dinner at a friend’s house. Imagine being welcomed into a home that has just the basics—a small couch, a dinner table and a lamp. Functional… but kind of plain. A home without art, plants or personal touches just seems so… blah. Your front […]

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Fall Yard Work

Okay, so grass cutting season is over till Spring and now it’s time to relax. Wait … not so fast, your yard in the Fall still requires attention as there’s still a lot of work to be done. But do you really want to give up your […]

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New Windows Can Save You Money!

When looking for a great home improvement project, replacing your windows is a great place to start. There are several great benefits of replacement windows including the improved energy efficiency of your home, improved resale value, greater comfort, and lower maintenance. New windows can make an incredible impact on […]

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The Beauty of Steel Construction

Designers and Architects have long recognised the advantages that steel offers to the construction sector. The versatility of steel gives architects the freedom to achieve their most ambitious visions and structural steel is an essential component in most shopping centres and commercial developments. Building owners value the enormous flexibility of […]

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Is it Time for a New Green Roof?

There are many choices available when deciding on the type of roofing material for your home. Not only are you concerned with the materials’ innate function and esthetics, but also about your roof being “green”. Would you believe that leading companies such as Rubbur Concepts, Euroshield and […]

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Planning Your Spring Retreat

At FairTradeWorks, we understand that when living on the beautiful West Coast we have a special affinity to outdoor living. Perhaps it’s because here our winters are less harsh and we’re able to spend more time outside. Whether it’s designing a patio, or building a retaining wall […]

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Now is The Time to Think Green

73% of single family builders and 68% of multifamily builders say that consumers are willing to pay more for green homes, according to a recent survey conducted by McGraw-Hill. It shouldn’t be a surprise, as green features often reward the homebuyer with lower utility costs, increased resale […]

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What’s cool about a thermostat?

By: Business Expansion Representative Mike Kervel On our radio show Renovate and Build, we have a segment called Product Face Off. In this segment Meg and Gary talk about the coolest gadgets, appliances and home renovation choices for your home. I figured you would want more details about […]

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The Value of Wood

Written By: Business Expansion Representative Mike Kervel I read a Globe and Mail article entitled “Six Storey Wood Buildings ‘a game Changer”, written by Jennifer Lewington. The article says, “Under recent and pending building codes revisions in several Canadian jurisdictions, wood will be permitted in multi-residential and office […]

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Harvesting Rain Water

Living in BC, where we have an average of 177 days of rain a year, our lawns and gardens get pretty water-spoiled. We’re so used to seeing lush, green, grassy areas in and around the province. Some people even insist on keeping their lawns this way during […]

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How to Start a Green Home Renovation

I recently learned that the City of Vancouver is working hard to reduce the amount of energy consumed by the city’s new homes by 33% by 2020. The goal is to make all new buildings “carbon neutral” by 2030. This really got my attention and therefore I […]

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Paint: Without the headaches or the need to air out your freshly painted room

It’s about time we made this idea an actuality, Eco-Friendly paint. For decades we’ve been painting our homes with paint containing harmful toxins putting our loved ones in harm’s way.  According to the EPA, indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air. Traditional paints and finishes are […]

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Flushing Away Ancient Forests?

Did you know that the average Canadian uses 100 rolls of toilet tissue a year?   If you rolled it out, it would stretch approximately 5 kilometers.   Green activists are pushing toilet paper manufacturers to use more recycled materials instead of cutting down ancient forests to harvest virgin […]

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Flushing Away Ancient Forests?

Did you know that the average Canadian uses 100 rolls of toilet tissue a year?   If you rolled it out, it would stretch approximately 5 kilometers.   Green activists are pushing toilet paper manufacturers to use more recycled materials instead of cutting down ancient forests to harvest virgin […]

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From now on, this is a thermostat.

  Your thermostat controls half your home’s energy, but 20% of it is wasted. Nest helps stop the waste. This is a very neat gadget, and also smart. Nest learns what temperatures you like and builds a custom schedule for your home. Can your thermostat do that? […]

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