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March 20, 2019 | Geoff Geddes

REALTORS® with eco-friendly designations provide many benefits for buyers and sellers

Saving the planet is a good thing, but if you can put some green in your jeans at the same time, all the better. As interest in homes with environmentally friendly features grows among buyers and sellers, the popularity of green designations for REALTORS® is also on the rise.

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March 20, 2019 | Mario Toneguzzi

Net-zero homes continue to gain traction in the Canadian housing market

One of the most interesting trends these days in the homebuilding industry is the growing popularity of net-zero homes.

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March 20, 2019 | Andrea Cox

Builder's Corner: Excel Homes goes the extra mile with Built Green

For over 30 years, Excel Homes has been crafting homes with extraordinary style and attention to detail, winning numerous awards for its innovative designs.

But company COO Dean Campbell says that what really sets this homebuilder apart is its commitment to sustainability and the Built Green program.

Aaron Stayner began commuting by bike three years ago and made the decision to ditch his daily drive for health and financial reason.
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Feb. 06, 2019 | Cody Stuart

Winter Cycling Congress shines spotlight on Calgary bike commuters

Winter may have put the chill on cycling for many Calgarians, but the City of Calgary's recent Winter Cycling Congress cast a spotlight on Calgary's efforts to make two-wheeled transport accessible for even more Calgarians.

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Feb. 06, 2019 | Donna Balzer

February in the garden: Tired soils need a little TLC

What do you do if you only have one sunny bed to grow tomatoes and you use that same bed every year?

It may seem too early to chat about tomatoes, but like other gardeners, you might already be thinking about buying seed and questions are bound to follow.

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Jan. 09, 2019 | Donna Balzer

January in the garden: is winter watering necessary?

Lighter snow than normal in December has gardeners in Calgary wondering about watering their trees and perennial beds this month.

I remember wearing shorts on the deck in December in the '90s, so this is not the first time we've had warm weather at this time of year. But dry winters are rare, so let's review the rulebook for gardeners about winter watering. The short answer is, don't do it.

The Empire Kitchen & Bath showroom was built using healthy materials that don’t off-gas and have low VOC content.
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Dec. 12, 2018 | Andrea Cox

Builder's Corner: Empire Custom Homes shows that a beautiful house can also be a healthy one

A beautiful, well-designed and well-crafted home is about more than the pretty countertops and gleaming floors. Often, what lies beneath the surface is just as important.

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Nov. 14, 2018 | Donna Balzer

November in the garden: spreading wood chips

It's rough and coarse and won't blow away with the first Chinook. This well-kept secret also does more good for trees than any form of fertilizer or last-minute winter watering, and it's time to add it now.

Mattamy unveiled its first net-zero home in Cityscape late last year. Pictured, from left, is Andy Goyda of Owens Corning Canada with Mattamy Homes representatives Don Barrineau, Brad Carr and Warren Saunders, as well as Donna Moore of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association - Calgary Region and 
Salvatore Ciarlo of Owens Corning Canada.

Oct. 24, 2018 | CREBNow

Homebuilder among finalists for environmental award

Finalists announced for 25th annual Emerald Awards

Mattamy Homes is among 70 organizations and individuals who have been named as finalists as part of the 25th annual Emerald Awards, which recognize environmental excellence in the province.

The homebuilder has been recognized under the Large Business (more than 100 employees) category for its Cityscape community in northeast Calgary.

As part of the federal EcoEnergy Innovation Initiative, Mattamy will build five net-zero homes in CityScape – the first already revealed late last year.

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Oct. 24, 2018 | Marty Hope

Doing the right thing

Canmore's Spring Creek uses geothermal to lessen its environmental footprint

As the Alberta government doubles down on solar power alternatives through policy and rebates, some wonder if geothermal will also receive the same kind of attention.

Frank Kernick, developer of Canmore's multi-million-dollar Spring Creek hopes the provincial government will help offset geothermal installation costs through a rebate program, similar to the Residential and Commercial Solar Program.

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