Air quality / Discussions

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...air tightess and insulative qualities I need for passive house standards. I'm finding this aspect the hardest. Any suggestions or referrals would be greatly app...

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best foam board insulation under drywall

...quality tape than the standard rolls of red tape you will find in building stores. Something with a better adhesion and a bit of flex will help to ensure an air...

Posted by Wesley Pracht Jan. 11, 2020, 8:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...air and vapor permeance as well as thermal performance is a good idea as well. And a very important caveat - you need to choose the right products and install i...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...air heated floor built from a kit product that has continuous insulation underneath. There are times when insulation below the footings gets omitted, that would...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

Are there non-toxic quartz kitchen counters?

I have a medical condition and cannot tolerate any type of scents and mainstream products for building e.g. chalking, paint, glue, etc. . We have picked our qu...

Posted by Jackie kierulf June 27, 2018, 11:08 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 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

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

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

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