Health & Interior air quality

 
High efficiency fireplace
Making sense of fireplace and wood stove specifications and knowing how to choose the right one for you. Reading the specifications of a wood stove can be rather complicated. So let's shake loose the important points from all the technical jargon and make the process a bit more...
Recycled quartz countertop
The ECO brand Kitchen counter from Cosentino is part of the quartz family but is made with 75% recycled materials. . Watch more videos   There's a lot to think about when choosing kitchen countertops, starting first of all with finding something you like to look at and...
Living green wall
Bring nature into your home with a living green wall, but don't count on it for air purification. . It is well-documented that indoor air is filled with contaminants, mostly due to cooking (specifically burning) and improperly vented combustion appliances (woodstoves, gas...
Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Flame retardants are found in almost all manufactured materials. They pose a serious health risk yet are virtually useless for preventing fires. With the intention of reducing the speed at which flames can spread, fire-retardant compounds are added to almost all the materials...
Aeratron AE2 ceiling fan
To ensure comfort and get the highest efficiency from the systems in the Edelweiss House air must circulate. . In order to ensure comfort and get the most from the various systems of our house air needs to move around. Our air source heat pump and our heat pump water heater  work...
Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon gas in homes is a growing health concern. Adding a passive radon stack is always a good idea to prepare a home for better indoor air quality. Radon gas builds up in homes and has serious health effects. Reducing radon in homes is cheap and easy with a slab floor barrier...
60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours
Would you exercise for an hour every day if the workout powered your home for twenty-four hours? . The article below was written by Amanda Froelich and was originally published on Trueactivist. The only thing we might add is a caveat regarding consumption rates in North...
Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos  video
Lunos wall insert air exchangers offer alternative to conventional HRV systems. Almost daily, new products come on the market that are more efficient, more effective, and/or more innovative. The ones we are really impressed with will make it here to our product of the month...
Non-toxic, naturally-dyed Easter eggs
Dying eggs is especially fun when using all natural dye made in your very own kitchen. Dying eggs is one of my favourite spring traditions. Sadly, many conventional food dyes and artificial colourings are far from benign. According to a 2010 study conducted by the Center for...
Spray polyurethane foam on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Why are basements moldy? Because we build walls so they can't dry. Simple changes in wall design will result in mold-free durable basements. . Basements don't have to be moldy, that is the first thing to realize. It's easy to build them better but we have resigned ourselves to the...
Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Basement mold and mildew can easily be avoided with better designed walls. Common building practices trap moisture in wall assemblies preventing them from drying. The musty basement smell that we have come to accept as unavoidable, is actually quite avoidable. The solution is really...
The core of an HRV
A modern airtight home needs mechanical ventilation. Your choices are Heat Recovery Ventilation or Energy Recovery Ventilation. This page will explain the difference between an HRV and an ERV, and help you choose. . Whether natural or mechanical, homes need ventilation. They are no...