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04 Jun 2014

Renovator’s Green Guide: Decks & Patios

In 2011, $63 billion was spent in the renovation sector in Canada, exceeding new home construction expenditures by approximately $20 billion.

As housing stock ages, more renovation work will be required to renew and preserve the millions of homes already built. Renovations are popular as they provide a way to update the interior and exterior of a home, add space and address problem areas.

One of the easiest ways to add new and enjoyable living space to a house is to build a deck or patio. There are many green features that can be included in the renovation project that will reduce its environmental impact and conserve resources.

Quick reference: green deck & patio features

Occupant health/healthy indoor environments
• Use materials with low pollutant emissions and low-VOC paints or stains
• Include details to prevent moisture damage to house

Energy efficiency
• Install energy-efficient lighting
• Protect existing trees or shrubs that provide shade or shelter for the house

Resource conservation
• Material choices: certified forest products, materials with low embodied energy
• Durability, resilience & serviceability: low-maintenance, durable materials, durable & easily cleaned surfaces

Reduced environmental impact
• Manage demolition and construction waste
• Reuse materials where possible
• Recycle materials
• Select products and materials with low pollutant emissions

Affordability
• Avoid expensive future problems by identifying and addressing hazards at the beginning of the job
• Support low maintenance and replacement costs by using quality, durable materials

To learn more about other sustainable technologies and practices that can improve the performance of your home as well as information on owning or buying a home, visit www.cmhc.ca or call 1-800-668-2642.

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