Health & Interior air quality

 
High levels of radon gas in the air of your home might be coming from your water and not the floor of your basement. It is a very wise idea to have the air of your home checked for high levels of radon gas. Health Canada has identified exposure to radon gas as the second leading cause...
Adding insult to injury - trying to mask the smell of airborne contaminants with more airborne contaminants. . Given that we spend about three quarters of our time indoors (counting both home and work), it is essential that we work to ensure clear indoor air quality. Contrary to what...
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...
BioSIPS Pre-fabricated straw bale panels
Straw bale SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels) have all the benefits of traditional straw bale homes, but address all the risks. Traditional straw bale home construction can be a low-tech and affordable route to a very ecologically responsible home. There are, however, some legitimate...
The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
With the help of the Ecohome design team, home builder Alain Hamel builds "The Most Resilient House in North America". The first house designed under our Passive Solar Index (PSI) program won "Most Resilient House" in the 2013 Green Builder® Home of the Year Awards. The Kenogami...
Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Being mindful of chemicals in the products you furnish your home with can have a dramatic effect on the indoor air quality of your home, and your health. .   Protecting Your Indoor Air Quality Any renovation or building project is exciting, but it can also be exhausting and...
Vinyl record album
One of the more common plastics used inside and outside of our homes is so toxic it is banned in many countries in Europe. . The production of vinyl (also known as PVC- polyvinyl chloride) accounts for approximately 40% of the chlorine gas produced in North America. Vinyl is highly...
safe cleaning products
There is a lot we can do to improve the air quality in our homes, while sacrificing nothing in the way of function. . 1.) Leave cleaning solvents and bleach behind. The smell of disinfectants that we have been conditioned to think of as 'clean' are anything but. Along with being...
LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
Targeting LEED Gold, Architects Superkul Inc. Drop a Green Building Smack Into the Lap of Luxury. As described by the architects: Designed for a client with environmental sensitivities, +HOUSE is a manifestation of a sustainable and healthy approach to building that does not...
Radon Environmental Management Corp. is an environmental health and building sciences company focused on reducing public exposure to radon gas. A recognized leader in raising radon awareness and education, the Company is the only integrated provider of radon maps and mapping services, together with...
DIY air exchanger installation video
The Lunos Heat Recovery Ventilation system (HRV) is a completely new approach to home ventilation, great for both new home construction and renovations. The Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) system of the Edelweiss House is very different than what people are probably used to seeing...
The Demo House will have excellent air quality due to having choosen non-toxic building materials, but also through the removal of moisture and contaminants directly from sources. Removing source contaminants and moisture from homes helps keep air healthy for occupants, and...
A one of a kind conference to identify and resolve major health risks at home. Headache, flu, fatigue and chronic cough…Is your house making you sick? Moisture and condensation problems in the basement and the bathroom, airborne contaminants, air pollution, deficient air...
The Green Living Show is North America’s largest consumer show dedicated to simple solutions for leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. . This three-day event offers inspiration for all ages and features more than 400 carefully selected companies, influential speakers...
Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Developed by Alex Wilson, ENDURE is an acronym for a design concept that defines the essence of sustainable and efficient construction, and the foundation of our building philosophy for the Kenogami project. Alex Wilson is the founder of the journal Environmental Building News, Green...
90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil
A wood floor will need to be sealed and protected. There are durable floor finishes available that will protect your indoor air quality and look great in the process. In North America, polyurethane varnish is used almost exclusively as a wood floor finish, but floor oils are gaining...
Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
We spend an average of 90% of our time indoors, where air is usually 3 to 4 times more polluted than outside air. Building practices and building materials can lead a building up of VOCs, chemicals, mold and mildew in our homes. . Mold Outside of roof leaks and other building...
Painting with zero VOC Natura paint from Benjamin Moore
Choosing zero VOC paints and finishes for your home ensures safer indoor air quality. There is a current trend towards limiting the production of solvent-based paints, replacing them with solvent-free or water-based...
Condensation on windows leads to mold and mildew in homes
Are houses too airtight? No they aren't. Fresh air is essential to prevent mold and mildew in homes, but in a modern energy-efficient home it is provided by heat recovery ventilation. . Homes built in the last 40 years in Canada are relatively airtight. Before that we generally relied...