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Top 3 reasons buying an eco-friendly home is best If you’re in the market for a newly-built home, environmentally friendliness should be your top priority. More than just great for the environment, a green home will save you time and money, as well as increase the value of your property. Read on for why an eco-friendly dwelling is the way to go for the place your family will call home for years to come.

1. Save on your energy bills. “A huge step forward is to replace the traditional wood framing of your house with what we call ICFs, insulated concrete forms,” says Keven Rector at Nudura, a leading name in this technology. “If, for instance, you build the envelope of your house with concrete instead of wood, the energy required to heat and cool it will be significantly reduced, a plus for the environment, and along with reduced energy bills, a plus for you.” 2. First-rate safety and protection. With insulated concrete wall systems you can be sure that your home will endure some of Mother Nature’s worst. Homes with this system are disaster-resilient, boasting fire and sound resistant properties. “Our advanced Canadian design combines two panels of thick (EPS) foam with the structural strength and thermal mass of concrete,” Rector explains. “The resulting envelope immediately gives your house wind resistance up to 402 kilometres per hour.” 3. Long-term value. Remember that high quality materials will stand up to the test of time. For example, using reinforced concrete for the main structural element is more durable and requires less maintenance and repair over its lifetime compared to wood structures that

require regular maintenance over their limited life span. A home built with this concrete system is also far less prone to mould, cold spots, and drafts — making the upkeep easier and increasing its attractiveness to buyers if you ever decide to sell. If you want your builder to use ICFs, be sure to discuss it early in the plans. Find more information online at nudura.com. newscanada.com


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Renovate for maximum ROI with these top projects As a contractor and real estate expert, homeowners often look to me to provide advice on the best projects for their renovation dollars. While it's important to first consider the purpose of the renovation (is it for yourself, for resale, or as part of an income-generating suite?), there are some renovations that have proven to be reliable investments over time. Some of these include: Kitchens and bathrooms. Renovations here top the list. High-end finishes, like marble and quartz countertops and stainless steel or commercial grade appliances, are greatly coveted. Clever storage is desirable, along with home automation––a new and growing trend. Bathrooms. This one is simple. The hottest bathrooms right now aim to replicate a spa-like experience. From colour and accessories to scents and lighting, transforming this room into a relaxation haven will maximize its appeal. Basements. Basement renovations are among the best ways to gain space without going the route of a costly addition, but the key is doing it right. Address moisture issues first and hire professionals for plumbing, electrical and mechanical work. Insulate with a water-repellant insulation made from inorganic materials to improve energy efficiency, and then focus on the finishes. Insulation. Installing, topping up, or replacing insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways to increase energy efficiency and save money over the life of your home. For exterior walls, basements headers, cathedral ceilings, and attics, I recommend a product called Roxul Comfortbatt stone wool insulation for exceptional thermal performance. For interior walls and between floors, I'm a big fan of Roxul Safe 'n' Sound for its excellent sound dampening qualities. Both products are fire resistant up to 1,177˚C, resistant to mould and mildew, and Greenguard certified to the highest level for air quality. Smaller fixes. Know that you don't have to spend a lot of money to realize a good return. Can't afford a full-out kitchen or bathroom reno? Consider painting walls and cabinets, replacing outdated hardware or fixtures, and installing new lighting for an impactful refresh. When it comes to living spaces, it's amazing what a splash of colour, some new flooring, carefully selected accessories and strategic lighting can do for the look and feel of a room. Save a little extra by doing it yourself. With a positive attitude and some elbow grease, you can make a big difference with projects that require low to moderate know-how. Scott McGillivray is the award-winning TV host of the hit series Income Property on HGTV Canada, a full-time real estate investor, contractor, author, and educator. Follow him on Twitter @smcgillivray.

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Declutter your home in 4 easy steps Studies have shown that clutter in the home has a direct correlation with your mental health and well-being. It also eats away at your home’s livable space, curbing your enjoyment and its aesthetic appeal. “The impact of clutter goes beyond wasted time and frustration when navigating among the things we have accumulated,” explains Craig Blanchard, broker-owner at Royal LePage Atlantic Homestead in St. John’s, Newfoundland. “In fact, household clutter is proven to add measurable stress to our daily lives.” Fortunately, decluttering is easier than you think if you follow these four simple steps.

1. Declutter five minutes at a time. Every time you enter or leave a room, put away five things. 2. Plug away at a problem room. Sort items into four piles — keep, donate, sell, and toss. Stick to your decisions. 3. Be relentless in the kitchen and bathroom. Always wipe up counters and store away items before you leave. 4. Ask the entire family to help. Consider offering rewards for good behaviour and for helping you out with steps 1 to 3. Find more information at www.royallepage.ca.

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Sound control key to a calm, relaxing home Inside and out, life can be loud. Retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world by making your home, or specific rooms within it, a calm, relaxing sanctuary. There’s a room in every house that could benefit from greater sound control, whether it’s a home theatre, music room, studio, home office, children’s play room, bathroom, mechanical, or laundry room. Insulating properly will allow you to enjoy your home that much more and achieve a higher level of comfort. Experts suggest selecting a dense insulation with a nondirectional fibre structure to combat airborne noise such as music, speech and foot traffic. A top choice among builders, contractors, and homeowners is a product called Roxul Safe ‘n’ Sound which is specially designed for your home’s interior walls, ceilings, and floors. This insulation material creates an excellent sound barrier that effectively absorbs noise and reduces the transfer of sound waves from one room to another. Its resistance to fire is an added benefit that also adds passive fire protection to your home, a type of fire precaution that is part of the core of the building and will help control fire by limiting its spread. Certain sound dampening measures such as carpeting might also help alleviate echo and reverberation, as will acoustic panels that prevent sound reflections throughout a room. With basic DIY skills, you can simply and affordably construct your own acoustic panels using a stone wool rigid board called Comfortboard 80, which is effective at reducing the intensity and propagation of noise. Find an easy-to-follow tutorial at www.roxul.com/diy.

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Accomplish major chores as a family Laundry can be a daunting task — taking time to sort, wash, and fold all the socks, shirts, slacks, and sweaters for every different activity. For most Canadian families, and especially the Di Fonzo family, the mountain of clothes can seem unconquerable. With six sons living at home, Rachel and Joe Di Fonzo do more than their fair share of laundry every week. The busy family runs 12 loads of clothing and four loads of bedding, sheets, and towels each week. With this many loads of laundry, the Di Fonzos need a laundry system they can depend on. To manage this mega chore, they use their Maytag high-efficiency top load extra-large capacity laundry pair that lets them do more laundry in less time. The washer is tough on stains and can handle a mountain of 32 of the Di Fonzo’s towels in a single load. The family also lightens the load by dividing the work. Rachel puts the loads in and each son is assigned a weeknight when they are in charge of hanging the clean laundry. The following evening, each son collects their laundry in their individually labelled laundry bin and takes it upstairs to be put away. With a little help from everyone, this is a laundry routine that’s up to the task.

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Increase energy efficiency and reduce home noise with insulation A well-insulated home is one of the best home improvement investments you can make. It improves energy efficiency, helps to minimize noise, and you’ll see savings on your energy bills almost immediately. Loose blown-in insulation is one of your best options. It’s one of the most energy-efficient types and will make a major difference in your ability to regulate indoor temperatures – even if you only add it to your attic.

insulation. It’s fast to install and blown in dry so walls and ceilings are immediately ready for drywall,” Campbell says. “It offers great long-term value as it won’t settle, decay, or absorb moisture. Because it’s noncombustible, noncorrosive, and odor free, I feel safe using it for my clients.” Find more information at www.certainteed.com/insulation.

“Insufficient insulation in the attic is one of the biggest causes of energy loss. Depending on R-value, this simple retrofit can save 10% to 25% on a monthly energy bill,” explains Kate Campbell, celebrity contractor. “Designed for pneumatic machine installation, blown-in is so energy-efficient because of its ability to get into areas that other types of insulation cannot reach. There are no gaps.” She says blown-in insulation installed in a closedcavity system with a barrier to keep the product in place called a blanket, provides excellent thermal and sound insulation in sidewalls, cathedral ceilings and other similar spaces. It fills hard-to-reach areas and spaces around pipes, while its high-density sound transfer and structure-borne noise. “I use CertainTeed InsulSafe XC blown-in fibreglass

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