Interior air quality / Discussions

Where can I find Natural Interior Paint?

...Interior paint Finding non-toxic zero VOC paint is much easier now and is available at almost all box stores or paint supply stores, but interior natural paint ...

Posted by Ramana Murty April 2, 2020, 4:45 p.m. Paints, finishes and natural coatings 1 Responses

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

...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 recently ...

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

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...air system which would collect heat for the fresh air side of the HVR and on the system's interior air flow after the "heat transfer" box. I also would like t...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

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

...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 wall I c...

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

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

...air quality. All the interior finishing (walls and trim) were done with a formaldehyde-free UV treated non-toxic plywood , so if you are considering it for indo...

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

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...air barrier. If you do add new plywood sheathing, you could just tape the joints and it will act as your air barrier Read all about how to insulate exterior w...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you replace windows in a double stud wall house?

...interior wall is not load bearing, it is for insulation, and wiring is done in this wall as well so as not to compromise the air barrier . Double wall const...

Posted by Sasha June 25, 2018, 10:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses

How do you seal windows from the exterior for water and air but not create a vapor seal?

...air seal over the long term in the event of any shifting. A high-quality tape (and I stress a HIGH qualityAirstop, Siga, Delta Multiband are a few names) wil...

Posted by Piyush Prince Nov. 7, 2018, 12:10 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What should I be looking for in a heat recovery ventilator?

...air The decibel level of the unit to avoid noise pollution in homes if it is near living areas Motor efficiency Warranty Calculating the fresh air req...

Posted by Adam Y. Dec. 11, 2017, 1:07 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 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 best foam board insulation under drywall

...interior finish is 1/4 plywood panels. The siding is in OK shape but I really want the plywood panel interior gone and replaced with drywall. My idea is to te...

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

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

...interior surface of triple-pane windows will be warmer than doubles, so less condensation will form which will help safeguard the interior wood. here are a fe...

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

How do you do a Vapour Barrier in a Dense Pack Cellulose Wall?

...air tight homes with interior air conditioning can create a significant differential in temperature and humidity from indoors to out compared to homes in the pa...

Posted by Ian MacKay July 26, 2018, 2:48 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 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

What is the best way to finish a concrete floor?

...interior 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...

Posted by Steven P. Aug. 17, 2017, 3:04 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

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

...interior finishing materials to ensure healthy indoor air quality. Below are a few pages to read over, and again, please explain a bit better what you are being...

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