Indoor / Discussions

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

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

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

...indoor air: In the absence of an HRV , the most effective strategy for ensuring healthy air at home is to avoid introducing pollutants in the first place. Thi...

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

Do I need ceiling fans if I have an HRV?

I have high ceilings and I will be adding an addition this summer with normal height ceilings and a new stairwell to the basement. Should I arrange for a ceili...

Posted by S McIntyre April 2, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Where can I buy an HRV in New York State?

I need an 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 Ca...

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

How do I create a complete air barrier using a vapour retarding primer?

...indoor air from being absorbed into the drywall and permeating into the wall assembly. If you saw the building science video about it where we used it at the ...

Posted by Mihai Wilson May 3, 2018, 10:15 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Where can I purchase non-toxic interior wall panels near Laval, Quebec?

...indoor air quality , but most basements are built wrong unfortunately and end up rotten and moldy sometimes in a few short years, that would be the most toxic w...

Posted by Louise Goulet Nov. 30, 2019, 1:14 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

Good morning, I bought an older house (built 1965) in September 2018 and shortly after moving in (mid October), I was experiencing extreme joint pains. Stran...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

Can you help trouble shoot my Lunos HRV e2 system in my tiny home?

The LED light came on indicating a filter change, though my builder told me that was optional. Do I need a new filter or can I wash and reuse the existing one?...

Posted by L Dingwall May 24, 2018, 11:06 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

...indoors to out, and if you seal them properly there would be no air leakage. And yes, you are correct that the chimney section that passes through the roof will...

Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

...indoor air quality in a home . Ok Mike, thanks for the great response and suggestions. What I'm getting from this is that I should maybe consider using a double...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

I have chronic illness from the air quality of my home, can you help determine if I need to replace the HVAC system?

Our home was built in '45, most things updated in 60's/70's but with my health issues need to continue improving air quality- some return air/vents were comple...

Posted by Niki Harrison Sept. 6, 2019, 4:32 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 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?

I have a single-family house built in 1961 and it has an oil heating furnace. When I renovated my kitchen I had a stove hood installed that vents directly to t...

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

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

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