Paige Guernsey

September 30, 2009

Paige Guernsey
Coldwell Banker 
Horizon Realty

#14 - 1470 Harvey Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9K8
Phone: 250.862.6464
Fax:  250.868.2488



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August 23, 2016
August 23, 2016

Green Roofs

Green roofs address livability issues in dense urban areas, improve both the performance and appearance of buildings, help the environment, and save you money.

Green roofs are suitable for all types of buildings; from small residential garages to large industrial warehouses. They offer tangible benefits for every type of project, while adding beautiful architectural features.

Green Roof ROI

Green roofs usually save money over the long term. For industrial installations with large heating and cooling costs, a green roof can save enough to cover its extra up-front cost in just a few years. For smaller buildings the payback period is longer, but a green roof almost always pays dividends over its full lifespan. It also increases a building's resale value, plus its desirability helps lower vacancy rates.

Benefits of Green Roofs

Green roofs provide numerous benefits, in numerous categories, including economic returns, cleaner, cooler air and reduced noise. Their beauty and serenity can even improve your mood, energy level and general satisfaction. For a business, that means happier, more productive employees.

Other benefits include:

Storm Water Mitigation   

Reduce Heat-Island Effect

Biodiversity & Habitat

Physical Beauty

Acoustic Buffering

Biophilic Design and Wellness

Where Green Roofs are Used

Green roofs can be used on virtually any building, large or small. Here are just a few examples:

Residential homes

Apartment/Condo buildings

Office buildings of all heights

Malls & commercial buildings

Industrial warehouses & facilities

Parking garages

This is just a few things we can do to start making our homes Green.  If you have questions about Green Real Estate call me directly 250-862-6464. Kelowna’s Green Real Estate Agent.





August 16, 2016
August 16 2016

The house that trash built

An engineering student from Denmark is working to turn plastic waste into bricks that will serve as a means of dealing with a growing waste problem, and also facilitate the construction of better homes in rural India. Plastic trash is everywhere. In most developed countries it gets collected and often recycled but in rural parts of the developing world, it is becoming a major problem.

Unlike other forms of garbage that can be tossed and eventually decompose, plastic tenaciously remains and litters villages and fields where livestock and wild animals accidentally eat it. In many cases, for lack of a better option, villagers burn it, releasing toxic fumes into their streets and homes.

Those were the problems that Lise Fuglsang Vestergaard, a young design and engineering student from Denmark, encountered during a three month stay in the village of Joygopalpur in West Bengal, India.

"Soft plastic is a huge and growing problem in places like this," she says. "They have no solution for it, so they are forced to throw it out into nature or burn it." Vestergaard came up with an unusual idea: Perhaps the plastic bags and other packaging materials she encountered could be transformed into building blocks - bricks that the villagers could use to build homes.

But it wasn't just about making bricks, the student also wanted to design a process that people living in rural areas would actually use.

"As soon as you have to transport the soft plastic it loses its value," says Vestergaard. And giving it value is essential because it motivates people to collect rather than carelessly toss the plastic.

So Vestergaard, a student at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), went to work and developed both the process and the technology necessary to transform trash into bricks.

In the first stage, the plastic garbage is collected and washed, if necessary. Then villagers grind it into small pieces. Initially, this can be done by simply cutting the trash with scissors or knives. After that, the plastic particles are stuffed in a mold and placed into a sun grill, which heats the plastic using just the power of the sun. After about one hour on the grill, the plastic has melted. In the final step, the cooled down plastic is removed from the mold to reveal a plastic brick.

But the bricks aren't simple blocks - they have two holes through them. This makes it possible to stack and connect them with bamboo poles to create stable walls without the need for cement or other building materials.

These plastic walls act as a foundation, similar to the traditional mud bricks used in villages in India and can be covered with a layer of clay just like traditional houses. This has the positive side effect of protecting the plastic from the sun. But these homes would also have a notable advantage. Whereas mud bricks often can't withstand monsoon rains and houses are frequently washed away, houses with plastic frames should be more durable.


Vestergaard is still refining the process but the young engineer is also working with local manufacturers in India to develop the grill there as well.

"We have made some smaller bricks in the sun grill, but the machine is still being developed," Vestergaard explains. "The idea is that it is so simple and low tech that is can be used in the villages."

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Going Green! Our homes are a perfect place to start! If you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464.  Talk to you soon…  Paige


August 9, 2016
August 9, 2016

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Green Home


6. Not minimizing your footprint

You want to minimize your footprint as much as you possibly can, this means getting rid of all unnecessary waste including all building products and machines needed to create and run them. You want your energy consumption and waste to be as little as possible.

7. Inadequate insulation

The greatest savings to your home will come in the form of your home’s insulation. In the US minimum insulation codes have been increased in recognition of the ability to prevent heat loss and gain via walls, windows, roof and foundation. Insulation is responsible for your building’s heat retention and loss. A well insulated building will not only save energy and resources but will cut your electrical bill substantially.

8. Poorly planned roofing

The roof protects and carries the walls and therefore when building much consideration needs to be placed upon the roof. It is important to understand how much weight the roof will need to support and the shape of the roof is vital to the home efficiency of energy. A flat roof will tend to hold and accumulate water whereas a sloped roof will not. A proper drainage system put in place will work to ensure that the roof can best protect your home in the most efficient manner possible. The roof’s insulation is integral to the building’s heating and cooling efficiency.

9. Not using energy efficient equipment

There’s no excuse not to use a high efficiency or energy efficient appliance. Consider using a tankless water heater so water will not sit around waiting to be heated. Green appliances are available in all price points and are readily available.

10. Not using environmentally friendly products

There really is no reason not to use eco-friendly products. Everything from your roofing material, building material, insulation to you your flooring, counters and cabinets should be environmentally friendly. Whether using recycled lumber, natural products such as cork, or bamboo, concrete, granite or recycled glass, everything you could possibly need or want to build your home should be eco-friendly. Your architect and builder should be better able to guide you.

Anytime is a perfect time to start for sustainablity in our homes! If you’re thinking of real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464.  Talk to you soon…  Paige


August 2, 2016
August 2 2016

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Green Home

When building a green home one chooses to do so to reduce the harmful impact on the environment. Careful thought and consideration must be placed on every aspect of this home design, from the roof to the foundation to everything in between – electrical work, air quality, and affordability. It is important to lessen one’s footprint and not to disrupt the existing ecosystem. With all the knowledge and resources available to us today there really is no excuse for not being environmentally conscientious.

1. Don’t build more than you need

You don’t want to build too much house, instead, you want your home to fit “just right.” A house that is too large will likely contain wasted space, unused space and cost more to run, heat and cool. When planning your home take careful consideration to your lifestyle. By the same token, do take time think ahead. If you plan on expanding your family or taking in elderly relatives, you will want to plan ahead and put the proper accommodations and resources into place.

2. Don’t not think ahead

Will you be living in your home in 10, 20 or 30 years? Think ahead to what your needs may be down the road. As the population ages we should take careful consideration to what our future needs and lifestyle and prepare for such. (For more information on this read my article, What Empty Nesters are Looking for When They Downsize.)

3. Building on the wrong plot

It’s crucial to find the right lot size and location. As wonderful as it sounds to have a lovely country home in the bucolic countryside, off the beaten path, do consider building in or near town. Building on a new site can damage a peaceful ecosystem. It can disrupt the lives and dens of local wildlife and eliminate them altogether in order to bring additional lines, utilities and roads where they don’t currently exist.

4. Not going solar

No matter where you live you should build your home so that you have unobstructed solar access from 9:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. When building your home it should always have a southern exposure. By placing the front of the home due south, you will automatically lower your energy costs by 10%.   Situate your home so that it is facing due south, placing the majority of the windows on the southern side, and placing overhangs or awnings to shield the sun’s hot summer rays. Use materials that will absorb and radiate the sun’s heat. One should also note that it would not be wise to have a glass wall facing due south  as this will have the complete opposite effect! Plant trees near your home to offer natural shade on southern sides and take advantage of skylights (with shades) to maximize the sun’s energy.

5. Not doing your research

With all the information so readily available to us, there’s no excuse not to educate yourself as best as you can to learn about all your green building options. There is no reason, today, not to use environmentally responsible products. There are plenty of options available at every price point. When building your home you should be using toxic-free, sustainable, recycled and low voc products. Everything from the roof to the foundation, from the lighting to the floor, from insulation to paint can all be environmentally sound.

 Visit next week to view the next 5 helpful tips.

 Sustainability in our homes is a perfect place to start! If you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464.  Talk to you soon…  Paige


July 26, 2016
July 26 2016

How to go Green at Home

It Starts with Simplifying Your Life

Simplifying our lives goes a long way in going green at home. Looking back to simpler times for inspiration (while still using clean, innovative technologies) can help guide us in environmentally-responsible actions. Here are a few principles behind simple living:

•Minimize: Use less, conserve more. What can you use less of? Makeup, toilet paper, printer paper, etc just to name a few.

•Maximize: Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. (Cuz we all love things that rhyme.) Basically, get the most out of your clothing, food, personal energy, resources, etc.

•Prioritize: Make time for what matters. Eliminate things that don't. Don't waste time, money, energy, or resources on the wrong things. Do you know what matters most to you?

Keeping in mind these principles of simple living will keep you on track as you poke through the articles below for inspiration and begin going green at home.

This is just a few things we can do to start making our homes Green.  If you have questions about Green Real Estate call me directly 250-862-6464. Kelowna’s Green Real Estate Agent.




July 19, 2016
July 19,2016

Green living: Top 10 sustainable houses


 Waste House

The Waste House is a sustainable construction project installed at the UK's University of Brighton. As its name suggests, the prototype home is built almost exclusively from discarded waste.

Around 90 percent of the materials that went into making the Waste House derive from household and construction waste, including 20,000 toothbrushes, 4,000 DVD cases, 2,000 floppy discs, and 2,000 used carpet tiles, used to clad the home's facade. While nobody actually lives in it at present, the building is a remarkable achievement and proves the organizer's mantra that "there is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place."


S House

 Vietnam's Vo Trong Nghia Architects has been tinkering away at the issue of providing practical, sustainable, and most importantly, cheap, homes. The result is the S House, a US$4,000 dwelling part-built using local, easily-obtained materials, including Palm leaf thatching and bamboo.

The interior of the S House is very basic and measures just 30 sq m (322 sq ft), with one large interior space. The building is prefabricated and can be disassembled into multiple small pieces for easy transport by local builders. Vo Trong Nghia Architects is still working on the design of the S House but the eventual plan is to mass market it.


ZEB Pilot House

The ZEB Pilot House, by international architecture outfit Snøhetta is a remarkable experimental home that makes an even more remarkable claim: thanks to incredible efficiency and ample solar panels, it's said to generate almost three times the amount of electricity it requires – leaving plenty of surplus juice for charging an EV, for example.

In order to achieve this performance, the ZEB Pilot House features the proverbial kitchen sink of sustainable technology, including a large photovoltaic array, rainwater collection system, solar thermal panels, and an efficient heat exchanger. It doesn't hurt that the home is easy on the eyes, too. The ZEB Pilot House's performance is currently being monitored to make sure the claims of energy-efficiency are justified.

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Sustainability in our homes is a perfect place to start! If you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464.  Talk to you soon…  Paige


July 12, 2016
July 12 2016

Eco Friendly Houses

As the effects of climate change are felt across the world and with the construction industry is responsible for as much as 40 percent of man-made carbon emissions, both governments and individuals are beginning to take the task of building eco friendly houses much more seriously.

Fuelled by increased demand a new industry of eco friendly home building has grown up and a whole host of technological innovations have created an arsenal of eco friendly building materials and techniques. From  wind turbines, to solar panels, to high efficiency lighting,  ultra efficient insulation,  glazing,  water conservation,  plumbing,  recycling and much more.

Eco Friendly Houses - Designs, Concepts and Ideas

Below are some few great examples of eco-friendly building design:



Living Wall



Eco Friendly Warehouse



Living home Prefab


 Solar Fish House

 Visit: for the full article and additional building designs

Sustainability in our homes is a perfect place to start! If you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464. 

Talk to you soon…  Paige



July 5, 2016
July 5, 2016

“Today’s Homebuilders are Building Smaller, Responsible Homes with Eco-Friendly and Smart Home Technology Features“

Homebuilders always are trying to find the right mix of features and design elements to draw in new home buyers, and this can be seen in some of the interesting home building trends that are becoming popular.  Probably the biggest factor affecting home design trends and residential construction is that the home building industry actually is starting to reignite. What this ultimately means is that many of the “cutting edge” ideas that were hailed as trends a few years ago in the industry press are becoming reality – at almost all price levels – now that homebuilding is heating up.

Trends in Home Design & Technology

One home building trend is that it seems that the days of the “McMansion” may be coming to an end.  Sure, there still will be people who want bigger and bigger homes, but many savvy new home buyers are scaling down their living spaces in order to make more efficient use of their space.

Homebuyers are finding that they like living in better designed spaces that are more manageable and cost effective.  Some believe that part of this trend is because there are more multi-generational families living under the same roof than ever before, making both design and budget very important for the homeowner. Others believe that baby boomer homebuyers simply are scaling down their lives. Market information has shown a slight shift toward larger new homes that likely applies to higher-end custom homes, but many national and regional home builders have been following the trend toward smaller homes than what they built prior to the downturn.

Although more people are working from home and working virtually, there has been a decline in home offices. Consumers are ditching desktop PCs in favor of more mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones.  This abundance of mobile technology is eliminating the need for large, separate home offices. More common are “pocket offices” or small areas designed to fit a laptop, and maybe some other small office supplies.

Green building continues to grow, and it is safe to say that green homes and green building techniques and materials are here to stay. With advances in technology and a more mainstream adoption of the Green Homes Movement, consumers are using more of their living space to be as efficient as possible. Homeowners at all price levels are realizing that today’s green technology can give you a return on your investment sooner than in the past, causing the fear of additional upfront costs to be overshadowed by the long-term cost savings from efficiency. It has been seen that green homes and communities tend to reflect better quality construction practices and often hold their values better, while at the same time making homeowners feel good about decreasing their impact on the environment.

Another growing trend seems to be adding “Smart Home” appliances and technology to homes, whether new or existing construction. Different heating, cooling, sound, kitchen and lighting systems are being installed that are controlled by remotes, computers and smartphones. This technology once was available only for the most luxurious homes and required specialized expertise to install, program and set up, but now the technology can be found in all levels of homes and some components even can be installed by homeowners with parts bought online or from their local hardware and electronics stores.

These trends focus on building homes that fit the owner’s needs, while being responsibly designed and efficiently operated. While the technology and eco-friendly aspects of these homes are often more expensive than conventional options, the simpler designs and non-extravagant accessories have countered those costs along with the more comfortable time frame for getting a return on your investment.

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This is just a few things we can do to start making our homes Green.  If you have questions about Green Real Estate call me directly 250-862-6464. Kelowna’s Green Real Estate Agent.





June 28, 2016
June 28 2016

Low-Maintenance Lawns

Although there is a growing trend towards alternatives, lawns remain the dominant landscape feature of many Canadian homes. Lawns provide open views and a wear-tolerant soft surface for active recreation and they are relatively inexpensive to install.

However, lawns can be a lot of work. You can reduce the time, cost and environmental impacts of lawns by reducing the amount of lawn in your yard, choosing a low-maintenance lawn or doing both. This About Your House tells you about the benefits of low-maintenance lawns and provides tips on how to plant and maintain them.

What is a Low-Maintenance Lawn?

Conventional lawns are typically made up of a small number of fine turfgrasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass. The grasses are selected primarily for their attractiveness.

To keep them green, homogenous and manicured, many people neatly mow them at least weekly and regularly water, edge, fertilize and treat them for pests (insects, diseases and weeds). All of this can be time-consuming, costly and resource-intensive. Some of these practices can have adverse impacts, including:

•Increased water consumption. Municipal water consumption doubles in the summer, mainly as a result of lawn and garden watering. Excess consumption lowers water tables and reduces stream flows, which affects fish and other aquatic life. It also increases the costs for municipalities to supply and treat water and increases homeowners’ water bills. To reduce costs, some municipalities restrict lawn and garden water use when there is little rainfall.

•Increased air and noise pollution. Regular use of electric- or gasoline-powered mowers, trimmers and other equipment discharges air pollutants and creates noise.

•Increased use of pesticides. Many Canadians are voluntarily reducing their use of pesticides and some Canadian municipalities restrict pesticide use. These trends reflect growing concerns about the potential health and environmental risks of pesticides.

•Increased use of fertilizers. Depending on types used and site conditions, fertilizers can leach into groundwater and enter streams and lakes through stormwater runoff. This has negative consequences for water quality and aquatic life. Over time, fertilizer residue can lower soil quality.

Low-maintenance lawns are made up of a diverse mix of hardy, drought-tolerant, slow-growing and low-height turfgrasses, fescues, and wear-tolerant broadleaf species such as clover. These species require less mowing, fertilizing and watering than conventional lawn species. Upkeep of low-maintenance lawns requires less intensive, low-impact practices as described below.

Low-maintenance lawns typically appear less uniform than conventional lawns. For some people, low-maintenance lawns may mean a shift in thinking — that a less-than-perfect appearance is well worth the savings in time and costs and the environmental benefits.

Sustainability in our homes is a perfect place to start! If you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464.  Talk to you soon…  Paige


June 21, 2016
June 21 2016

What Does Going Green Mean?

Going green does not only involve recycling. Going green involves much more.

Basically, going green means to live life, as an individual as well as a community, in a way that is friendly to the natural environmental and is sustainable for the earth.

It means contributing towards maintaining the natural ecological balance in the environment, and preserving the planet and its natural systems and resources.

It also means taking steps, whether big or small, to minimize the harm you do to the environment (including the carbon footprints you leave behind), as a result of inhabiting this planet.

 In practice, going green means adopting five basic principles in your daily life:

     reduce pollution

    conserve resources

    conserve energy

    reduce consumption and waste

    protect the earth’s ecological balance

 All five principles are important in protecting the environment from harm, as well as helping to ensure that living (for humans and other creatures) on earth is sustainable.

 So in your daily life, do adopt green practices under all principles, to make a difference.

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 Sustainability in our homes is a perfect place to start! If you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464.  Talk to you soon…  Paige


June 14, 2016
June 14, 2016

Yard improvements to green your home and save

 1. Conserve water

Fresh water comprises just 3% the world’s total water supply, so conserve. Get a rain barrel and harvest water you can use in your garden. Somel local governments will subsidize the cost.

 2. Less lawn and low-maintenance lawns

Lawns waste water. Instead, conserve and beautify using indigenous plants such as ferns, tiger lilies and hostas. Or try a low-maintenance lawn that is made up of a diverse mix of hardy, drought-tolerant, slow-growing turf grasses, that require less mowing, fertilizing and watering than conventional lawn species.

 3. Elbow grease

Don’t power wash your driveway. Sweep it or use a scrub brush and pail.

 4. Drip irrigation

It  saves water compared to sprinklers.

 5. Grow your own

How much more will you spend on food this year? Even a few miniature fruit trees and a small vegetable garden in a raised bed or in containers on your deck will help keep you healthy and save you dollars. Lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries and blueberries thrive in our climate. Learn more.

 6. Preserve your produce

Invest in home canning jars and equipment and a small freezer and enjoy your produce year round – at considerable savings. Here’s how.

7. Bee friendly

We need bees to pollinate, so plant a few bee-friendly annuals such as asters, marigolds, sunflowers, zinnias; or perennials such as clematis, foxgloves, hollyhocks, roses or shrubs such as Buddleia. Consider becoming an urban bee keeper, some municipalities like Vancouver allow bee keeping in your backyard.

 8. Go chemical-free

“Get rid of weeds without using chemicals that harm us and our pets,” advises REALTOR® and Richmond City counselor, Derek Dang, who led the way to a bylaw banning cosmetic pesticides. His suggestion, “Use dish detergent or weed by hand.”

 9. Plant fruit trees

They’ll give you shade and fruit. Growing guide.

 10. Compost

It will make your garden grow and divert waste from the landfill.

 Sustainability in our homes is a perfect place to start! If you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464.  Talk to you soon…  Paige


June 7, 2016
June 7 2016

What is a Green Building?

A green building is an environmentally sustainable building, designed, constructed and operated to minimise the total environmental impacts.

Green Building Strategies

The main strategies to achieve a green building include:

• reduced energy consumption

• water conservation

• recycling waste

Well designed green buildings will save money, increase comfort and create healthier environments for people to live and work, using improved indoor air quality, natural daylight, and thermal comfort.

Energy use by depleting natural resources as well as CO2 emissions is one of our most important environmental impacts. Volatile energy markets, rising energy costs and increasing environmental awareness about issues such as global warming make energy efficiency and conservation a high priority.

Build Green's focus is on reducing building energy usage and increasing occupant comfort.

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Sustainability in our homes is a perfect place to start! If you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464.  Talk to you soon…  Paige



May 31, 2016
May 31, 2016


Modern Danish cabin hides a warm and tasteful interior

 From buildings to everyday furniture, modern Scandinavian design is well-loved for its elegant simplicity, functionality and egalitarian appeal (the furniture giant IKEA comes to mind, despite its iffy reputation on many fronts). This small modern cabin, located in the region of Jutland, Denmark, embodies a lot of these admirable Scandinavian design characteristics, making the most of what's there and creating a lovely interior that still feels roomy, despite its tiny footprint of 24 square meters (258 square feet).

 Designed and built by architect Simon Steffensen over a period of eight months, the 19.8-foot by 11-foot structure is used as a summer home and is situated on a rural parcel of land near other cottages. Steffensen tells us that he built the cabin as an experiment in "simple living" and to show others that "small can be good."

 Thanks to a fully glazed wall, the interior is quite luminous. The open plan concept means that everything happens more or less in one space, except for the bathroom, which is enclosed. The oak flooring, which continues up the rear wall, gives the otherwise minimalist space a warm, natural feel that's characteristic of Scandinavian spaces. Some recycled materials were used here, most notably some of the wood employed is reclaimed, while the door to the bathroom used to be a door to a cold room.

 A few of the functions are grouped together in a pod-like form at one end of the home, consisting of kitchen, bath and bed. Here, the kitchenette is small, but functional enough for those who like to prepare light meals.

 Going up to the sleeping loft, we see what looks like an interesting take on the ladder -- alternating treads of some sort -- though it might be more reassuring to see some kind of hand holds somewhere. In any case, it's an alternative to the usual loft ladder that piques our curiosity.

The loft seems spacious; despite the gabled roof, it looks like there's still enough headspace for most people.

 Underneath the loft lies the bathroom.

 At the other end of the cabin, the sitting area or guest bed also overlaps that of the dining area -- which probably doubles as the workspace area too.

 The exterior features a large overhang that acts as a gutter and also shades the glazed wall, regulating the interior temperature while also creating an outdoor terrace. To the side, there is a sheltered porch -- an intermediary entry area that looks like an inviting spot to sit down and take off one's boots before going in.

 Minimalist but tasteful, this modern Danish cabin shows that tiny houses -- be they with or without wheels -- do not have to look like a caricature of a country home, and can be modern and functional to boot. This cabin is currently on sale for around USD $74,000; for more information, visit Nybolig .


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 This is just a few things we can do to start making our homes Green.  If you have questions about Green Real Estate call me directly 250-862-6464. Kelowna’s Green Real Estate Agent.



May 24, 2016
May 24,2016

Green home guide

This is our step-by-step guide to sustainable and healthy housing whether you are building, renovating or maintaining a home

Landscaping, outdooring & urban farming

Sustainable home landscaping has permeable surfaces, doesn't require a lot of watering, and ideally incorporates rainwater collection. Urban farming means you can eat what grows there, and that's even better.

Plants survived long before humans were around to water them, so we aren't talking about reinventing the wheel here, but rather a sensible choice of plants and basic water management. Native species of plants in a given region have adapted to their own climate and can usually survive the weather that comes their way. ­­
We run into problems when we put plants in areas with temperatures, soil conditions, and moisture levels that they aren't used to, forcing us to fertilize or turn on the taps simply to keep them alive. Plants adapted to their own regions not only save water, but they require a lot less effort on our part.

Our personal ecological footprint extends beyond the walls of our home, this is why in the LEED rating system you will see references to 'drought resistant' and 'native species' in terms of landscaping.
Water is a quickly dwindling resource and Canadians are the highest per capita consumers of water in the world. So anything we can do to reduce water use for decorative purposes is a good thing.

This is just one of many steps from the Green Home Guide, click on the link to visit the site for more options.

This is just a few things we can do to start making our homes Green.  If you have questions about Green Real Estate call me directly 250-862-6464. Kelowna’s Green Real Estate Agent.




May 17, 2016
May 17, 2016

Choosing Green Building Materials - Maufacturing Process

•Recyclable - Products manufactured from recycled materials. Percentage of product that is made from recycled or benign materials.

•Renewable - Products manufactured from abundant and rapidly renewable resources.

•Manufacturing Practices - Green manufacturing processes that minimize or eliminate greenhouse gasses and energy consumption.

•Transport Requirements - Using locally available resources reduces the need for transportation to the site. The shorter the distance between the harvest site and the project site, the better.

•Salvaged or Repurposed - Salvaged materials can be used as is or repurposed to fill a new need. Salvaged from local structures

•Life Expectancy of Product - Choose products that are durable and have a long life expectancy. Planned obsolescence is no friend of the environment.

•End of Life Recycle Possibilities - Are there recycling facilities or possibilities for refurbishing the product in your area once it's productive life has passed.

•Packaging - The best choice is no packaging at all but it's not always the most practical. Choose packaging that is minimal, recyclable or environmentally neutral... preferably, all three.

That's just the physical properties of the product, there are a number of unseen issues that determine green factor and the influences that a product can have on environment.

Also the product is only one part of the equation, installation and clean-up practices and products will influence just how green the end product is.

This is just a few things we can do to start making our homes Green.  If you have questions about Green Real Estate call me directly 250-862-6464. Kelowna’s Green Real Estate Agent.




Welcome to Green Kelowna Real Estate!

What is Green Kelowna Real Estate? 

  • Is it how a home is built? 
  • Is it in the materials used when doing a renovation or upgrade? 
  • Is it the location? 
  • How about the environment around the home?

There are many things that come to mind when you think about sustainability in Kelowna. One of the easiest, most cost effective ways to become eco-friendly is nearest to our hearts… our HOMES

Every corner of our home can provide us with ways to cut energy use, save money, and surround ourselves with healthy and non-toxic products. Things you may consider are heating/cooling techniques, water consumption, grey water re-cycling, xeriscape vs drought tolerant landscaping, insulation, renewable finishings, indoor air quality, solar and wind power and much more.

This website is for those who believe now is the time to take action and start to be planet friendly with our most valuable asset… our HOMES! You’ll find accurate and up-to-date information about the following on our Green Links page:

*Green renovations and home improvements

*How to calculate your own “eco-footprint”

*Government grants, rebates, and incentives
  for new homes and renovations

*EnergyGuide ratings

*Natural cleaning products

*Eco-energy vehicles

*Green events in Kelowna

*Green projects in Kelowna

*Green real estate

Join the growing movement and improve your real estate’s value by GOING GREEN.