Green Home Renos – Local Stories Revealed

Thank you to the Burlington Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) for hosting the ‘Green Home Renos 101 – Local Stories’ event at Burlington Public Library – Central Branch on Oct. 25, 2017.

Three homeowners spoke about their personal green renovation experiences resulting in more comfortable homes with lower energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint. Their experiences included a full demolition and rebuild in a mature neighbourhood; an extensive renovation of a 1950s bungalow to a 1 ½ story passive house; and a story about a series of small renovations over several years.

One of the presentations at the Green Home Renos 101 – Local Stories event.

Common themes throughout the presentations included:

  • Insulation, particularly in the attic and basement
  • Window replacements
  • Air source heat pumps
  • Hiring an energy auditor to do the blower door test to check how air tight (or not) your house is
  • Good building envelope (the physical separation between the interior and exterior of the building) with a simple design (if a new build) to minimize heat loss
Blower door test
Blower door test to help determine a home’s air tightness. Image courtesy of E. Marion.

There were many insightful questions that helped to educate everyone including:

Green Ontario Fund
Image courtesy of Green Ontario Fund

Thanks also to BurlingtonGreen, the City of Burlington’s building permit staff, and Halton Region’s water efficiency staff for setting up displays and to Green Venture who provided the water heater insulation blanket as a door prize.

Take Action Burlington! Collectively we can make a difference to reduce our impact on the environment.

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