Air quality / Discussions

Wood Burning Stove - Do We Need A Cold Air Vent to Safely Operate?

...air in, so if your home is pretty airtight as you say, then I'd say yes to the direct air feed - but I will also give a couple of suggestions. To operate wood...

Posted by Regina Vigil Feb. 15, 2021, 3:11 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 2 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 3 Responses

What type of insulation should I use ?

...air barrier as well as vapor barrier / vapor retarder, see here the difference between air barriers and vapor barriers.

Posted by Dawn Wood Feb. 5, 2021, 12:02 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 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 our Wood Stove Buyers Guide Page where you can learn about...

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

Do we have the option to build to meet the reqs. of the Living Building Challenge?

...air quality etc as a start (using either the building guide menu or the search box), and let us know what holes need to be filled in. Sure, the Living Buildin...

Posted by Lydia Singh Jan. 8, 2020, 1:30 a.m. Green building certifications 4 Responses

How do you lower winter indoor humidity in a home in Guelph, ON?

Our winter house humidity here in Guelph, ON is between 30 - 40 % RH. We have awhole house dehumidifier. in 2020 we had new doors installed. When it hits -10 o...

Posted by Gary Luck May 26, 2021, 3:01 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

How do you do a vapor barrier in a dense pack cellulose wall?

...air as the cellulose is blown, eliminating the need for the insulaweb material, as well as vastly reduce the air borne dusty mess. Can you please elaborate or s...

Posted by Ian MacKay July 26, 2018, 2:48 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

Should an HRV to ERV be the primary exhaust for bathrooms?

...air then that could impact the heating a bit as it costs more to heat humid air than dry air. But even that seems a stretch. As for the sound, as long as the ...

Posted by Doris Friesen Dec. 30, 2020, 1:10 p.m. HRV and ERV 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

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 buy hemp batt insulation in Western Canada?

...air quality if you have respiratory issues or chemical sensitivities . We are just finalizing details to supply hemp building products, so there are a couple of...

Posted by Jen Moffat Aug. 14, 2020, 11:14 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 4 Responses

Is it possible to connect greenhouse with the building?

...air quality. We have a free video series in our building guide that covers the construction of a super efficient demonstration house from start to finish, here ...

Posted by Julia Jedrys March 31, 2020, 6:47 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 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. I would point you to our guide pages to search by category or keyword - Green building guide for high perfor...

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

Is there anything I can do about a vapor barrier on the wrong side of a basement wall?

...air quality, but if it isn't too severe and no one is experiencing any adverse effects then you probably can push it back a few years, and for sure keep the deh...

Posted by Iain B Feb. 8, 2021, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 7 Responses