Archive for the ‘Green’ category

Did You Know National BBQ Day is Here?

06/22/2012

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Guess what important event takes place this Saturday, June 23?

National BBQ Day.

It’s no joke — the National BBQ Day is held two days from today across Canada. Created by Meal Exchange, the event is now on its third year, perhaps because it celebrates locally-sourced food and not just BBQs.

One of the best things about celebrating this event is that it involves — you guessed it — hosting a BBQ. This is where my previous blog post, “Tips for Green Summer Grilling, might come in handy (as a bonus, it contains a delicious recipe for grilled peaches).

So if you, like most people I know, are up for some grilling this weekend, consider signing up for National BBQ Day— you could even win a free Napoleon BBQ Grill!

Green Kids in a Green Home

06/15/2012

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This Sunday is a great day for every dad out there. New dads in particular will always remember it. (One of the best things about building new home communities is interacting with families across all stages of their lives, from first-time parents at Avonlea to empty-nesters at Port Hope.)

Besides being a happy day, Father’s Day is also a good time to reflect on the education you’re giving your children.

One of the most important things you can teach them is how to live responsibly and how to grow into an adult who loves and cares for their family. Because doing will always set a better example than preaching, the best way to instil these important principles is to live by them.

Luckily, you’re setting the perfect example by living in a Mason Home. Your home and community not only protects the environment, but thanks to our Green for Life program, it also protects your loved ones and leaves more money in your pocket to provide for your family.

You can always do more, though. Be a role model — I try to take the following steps on a daily basis and to make sure I tell my son not just to do the same, but to take the time to explain why.

  • Turn the lights off when you leave the room
  • Always use reusable grocery bags
  • These days, most people recycle. Go a step further and recycle things many people still neglect, like running shoes and electronic equipment. You can even get your kids involved by recycling their school supplies
  • These children’s books are geared towards the environment, biodiversity, garbage and recycling

Now I turn it over to you:  what do you like teaching your kids on a daily basis? How do you do it?

Making Homes Affordable and Green Through Stud Spacing

06/08/2012

At Mason Homes, we believe efficiency plays a key role in building safe, affordable homes that preserve the environment as well as your pocketbook.

While I generally avoid writing about technical issues, a homeowner recently asked me whether we use studs at 24-inch spacing rather than 16. I wasn’t really surprised, as I have as of late noticed an increasing amount of homeowners who are curious about the technology and practices that make their home green.

What’s more, I noticed that this precise topic is getting a fair amount of attention online, as this article attests.

While using studs at 16-inch spacing is the traditional way to go, studs spaced at 24 inches have several advantages. They reduce costs somewhat, thanks to a reduced number of studs and reduced labour costs. More importantly, 24 inches on centre brings about improved insulation.

For all these reasons, Mason Homes use studs at 24-inch spacing, which helps make them energy-efficient and quite affordable.


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