Indoor air quality / Discussions

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

Spray Foam for basements, which of the different types are best environmentally?

...indoor air quality as you were hoping for. There are some things that simply can’t be avoided that are definitely worth thinking about though, and that is tha...

Posted by Rose Adams Jan. 9, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

...indoor air quality is a top priority for you, we would recommend you opt for the polyethylene foam insulation as it does not emit odors or VOCs. The synthetic r...

Posted by Cooper Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...indoor 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 bui...

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

how do you stop wood stove smoke from entering a home?

...airtight home really should have an air exchanger to protect indoor air quality. I wouldn’t count on air purifiers to do much about indoor air quality, they are...

Posted by Don Leaver March 24, 2020, 10:49 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 3 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 2 Responses

Are air purifiers a good option for keeping my apartment air cleaner?

...air purifiers really do work, thanks for any advice. Improve the quality of indoor air: In the absence of an HRV , the most effective strategy for ensuring he...

Posted by Chris George Nov. 14, 2017, 10:53 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 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

Does hydronic radiant cooling work?

...air to condense and put you at risk of mold and mildew forming. Even in the appropriate climate it is a fairly complicated system and needs to be carefully de...

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Where can I find caulking and adhesives without antimicrobial (biocides) chemicals?

...air and causing respiratory issues, headaches, etc. I do not want to use them in my home. I am looking for linoleum adhesive, wood flooring adhesive, and a ...

Posted by Riki Luri Jan. 10, 2020, 9:55 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 0 Responses

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

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

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

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

...indoor air quality in a home , but below are a few pages in particular that may help. If you are looking for non-toxic cabinetry materials for shelving, we re...

Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

Where can I buy an HRV in New York State?

...air exchanger that moves 1500 CFM of air from from the outside with temperatures ranging from 0°Fahrenheit 2 an exhaust temperature of at least 55 Can you tell ...

Posted by Jarred Weaver July 29, 2019, 8:55 a.m. HRV and ERV 3 Responses

How do you get rid of mold in a bathroom?

There are mold stains on the ceiling of my bathroom, spots about 1 cm in diameter each). I would like to know which non-toxic product I can use to remove them....

Posted by Sara Oct. 28, 2017, 9:50 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

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

...indoor 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 t...

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

My door lock keeps freezing to the point I can’t open it, any idea why this would happen?

...air change rating I suspect it’s the same thing that is happening with me. Due to warm air rising (the stack effect), air will leak in on the lower levels a...

Posted by AJ Nov. 13, 2016, 1:15 p.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

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

...indoor 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.

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