In the rush to spur spending and create jobs through renovations, the various levels of governments have not mandated any green conditions to be eligible for their new rebates.

It will be up to homeowners to green their renovations.

After all, going green saves you money in the long run and, as Renee Gratton, a director on the Canadian Green Building Council, says, "Building construction, renovation and operation consume more earthly resources than any other human activity. We are all stakeholders."

Choose green materials wisely. In a recent survey by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing, 1,018 products bearing eco claims were identified in six category-leading big-box stores. All but one made claims that were false or misleading.

Consider the environmental impact of the product throughout its entire life-cycle, from the cradle to the grave.

How much raw material is used? Is there recycled content? How is it manufactured and how harmful is the process? Is it local? What's the durability? Is it energy-efficient? Will it be harmful to health? Consider Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and formaldehyde content. What will happen to the product at the end of its life?

It's a new way to think about consumption, but Ms. Gratton believes that "as Canadians get a better understanding of the facts, most will take action for a better-built environment."



Jackie Dall'Orso

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