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Which is the best way of sun heating an indoor public swimming pool?

...indoor public swimming pool. Its size is 50m x 25m and every month approximately 3500 swimmers use it from 07:30 to 22:00 daily. For now only oil is used for he...

Posted by Ιωάννης Σταυρόπουλος March 29, 2020, 12:50 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What is safer than OSB for someone with multiple chemical sensitivities?

...indoor air quality consultant to aid me with my builder. Thank you in advance? OSB isn’t considered to be overly toxic, but it is not impossible that you are ex...

Posted by Ian Smith April 27, 2020, 1:01 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Is it ok to add insulation between joists in a crawl space?

...indoor floors felt cold this last winter, making my whole living space cold. Would it be ok to add insulation between the floor joists? Over or under pipes? I w...

Posted by Cheryl Bottomley May 11, 2020, 3:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 0 Responses

What is the best way to deal with a drop ceiling in a high humidity room?

A small portion of an indoor lap pool in southeastern New York has a drop ceiling and an outdoor deck above it. I believe it has Ice Water Shield or something ...

Posted by steve Roberts Dec. 24, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 1 Responses

How do you lower high radon levels in a basement?

I have a house to sell, I already have contract. we stayed 13 years in that home with full finished basement. In Radon test result is 7.5pCi/L . What should we...

Posted by Uma Parekh May 22, 2020, 11:54 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 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 3 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

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 2 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

Is it possible to connect greenhouse with the building?

...indoor heating. And to be honest, there is pretty much nothing about the Earthship that makes sense for building in cold climates, certainly not the greenhouse ...

Posted by Julia Jedrys March 31, 2020, 6:47 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

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

...indoor vapour drive during hot humid weather. The reason as you may have read, is that when there is a vapour barrier in homes in hot humid climates that rely o...

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

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

I'm putting together a design for a medium-sized, super well-insulated slab on grade home. I definitely want a hydronic in floor heat system, along with a heat...

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?

...indoor 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 lo...

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

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

Although many caulking and adhesive products are now solvent-free and NO or LOW VOC, many contain synthetic antimicrobials or "antifungals" or mildewcides, or ...

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

Does hydronic radiant cooling work?

Has hydronic radiant cooling advanced enough to be a viable, cost effective option for an average 2300 sq ft residential house? Hydronic radiant cooling can be...

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

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