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Factors far beyond just air temperature affect how comfortable a home is, and if you design for comfort you will end up with a more durable and efficient home.

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

High levels of radon gas in the air of your home might be coming from your water and not the floor of your basement.

Removing radon gas from well water

The SANC02 is the first heat pump water heater available in Canada to use outside air for heating water. Great technology, if a little pricey.

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

Adding insult to injury - trying to mask the smell of airborne contaminants with more airborne contaminants.

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

As a part of their Greenest City Action Plan, Vancouver is helping builders get homes certified under the Passive House Standard.

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

Whether you are renovating or building a new home, our categorized guide pages can help you through the process. We have something for all projects, from location and design to finishing and landscaping.

Green building guide

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Factors far beyond just air temperature affect how comfortable a home is, and if you design for comfort you will end up with a more durable and efficient home. ..
High levels of radon gas in the air of your home might be coming from your water and not the floor of your basement...
Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
The SANC02 is the first heat pump water heater available in Canada to use outside air for heating water. Great technology, if a little pricey...
Adding insult to injury - trying to mask the smell of airborne contaminants with more airborne contaminants. ..
Vancouver Passive House
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