Interior air quality / Discussions

Where can I find Natural Interior Paint?

We required natural Interior paint, can you tell us which brand you prefer or where we can get some? Finding non-toxic zero VOC paint is much easier now and is...

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

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

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

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 do a vapor 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 4 Responses

What kind of non-toxic exterior sheathing can be used in place of plywood?

...interior air quality. There is an interior grade plywood called Purebond from Columbia Forest Products in case you will have any plywood on the interior. I call...

Posted by pier charter June 4, 2020, 1:12 p.m. Wood and organic materials 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

Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

...airs. This page explains it clearly - The difference between air barriers and vapor barriers What is almost certainly happening is that warm, humid air is e...

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 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 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

What is the best material for flooring?

...interior air quality of your home with any toxic materials that will off-gas. We have built a couple of demonstration homes in recent years and in one we used c...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:09 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

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

...air volume of the house that will have to be replaced every hour (ventilation capacity), measured in CFMs, or cubic feet per minute Performance, or heat recov...

Posted by Adam Y. Dec. 11, 2017, 1:07 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 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

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 two ...

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