Air quality / Discussions

How do you replace windows in a double stud wall house?

...air barrier . Double wall construction © Ecohome ​​​​​ About the windows, I’m not sure I understand your question about the double and triple pane. If...

Posted by Sasha June 25, 2018, 10:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...quality that can meet those requirements. That’s a good thing for living off grid because it keeps your heating costs down, which In your case I imagine is like...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Can you use a vapour retarder paint on the ceiling instead of using a poly vapour barrier?

...quality building tape to ensure the continuity of your air barrier , we had our poly barrier go through the wall assembly and taped it to the exterior air barri...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten June 8, 2019, 3:56 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

Has anyone used Lunos Ductless HRVs in Alberta and passed inspection?

The home inspector is looking up if anybody in Alberta has used lunos and passed inspection. We don't know of anyone that has used them in Alberta unfortunatel...

Posted by Michelle Dimaano Nov. 4, 2019, 12:41 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Is it worth investing in triple-pane windows?

...air quality and is considered by the USGBC to be among the most environmentally destructive building materials available when the full life cycle is considered....

Posted by K.P. July 8, 2017, 12:39 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Can you help me choose between a slab on grade and pressure treated wood foundation?

...air: Clean indoor air quality Removing dust and moisture from homes Choosing safe paints and finishes Formaldehyde-free counter tops Healthy home cl...

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best way to finish a concrete floor?

...air quality. Our choice would be to use silicate sealants, which are effectively a liquid glass you spread over the floor and then burnish into the concrete...

Posted by Steven P. Aug. 17, 2017, 3:04 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Where can I find formaldehyde free cabinets that aren't plywood?

...air quality , but for solid wood you are best to speak to a local cabinet maker I think, and to help make the right material decisions I would start on this pag...

Posted by Camille Young Dec. 3, 2019, 7:56 p.m. Kitchens 3 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...air heat on the main floor. I met with the plumber and the heating guys 2 days ago and have been trying to sort out what the best approach is. All my previous...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

...air, so designing a system has a lot to do with the volume of air in the house, as well as the layout - is it open concept of compartmentalized? Can the space b...

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...air quality and responsible material choices etc. All that would apply still in our minds when a house will be left to sit unattended for a winter, so look thro...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

...air leakage rather than stopping it, even the highest quality brand new home will still leak air, it’s a fact of life. If possible, it would be wise to have it ...

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...air quality , and will usually pollute less during manufacturing. A green home would be an energy efficient home, so be sure to have a well-insulated building e...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

...air. Humid air not feels cooler, but heating humid air requires more energy than heating dry air. So that 6-mil poly membrane is essential above all else for co...

Posted by Randy Christensen Dec. 10, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...air-sealing of the envelope – Absolutely, make a home as well-sealed as you can and let your ventilation equipment do their job. A poor air barrier and lots of ...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...air quality. Stoves are not permitted to emit more than 2.5 grams of fine particles per hour. Here is a link where you can read more . Thanks for the reply! T...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How much insulation should I install underneath my concrete slab in my basement?

...air quality by reducing the chance of mold forming , it will save significant amounts of energy and provide much greater thermal comfort for occupants . In yo...

Posted by Scott Antonation Sept. 27, 2019, 1:06 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

...air through the furnace chimney, does this make sense and what should I do? Hi, first a couple of questions back to you, does your furnace have an outside air i...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses