Natural / Discussions

What is the best type of home heating system?

...natural gas , 25% with electricity . In Canada, 47% of homes are heated with natural gas, and 37% are heated with electricity. The rest are a mix of wood, pelle...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

What is the best material for flooring?

...natural non-toxic wood finishing oil instead of varnish for reasons of air quality and durability.

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

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

...natural relationship between wood and water. And we always take the opportunity to recommend people to source triple-pane windows. They are much better than d...

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

What are your thoughts on using large flax straw bales (4x4) to build in Saskatchewan?

Small bales are hard to find now. Large bales are cheap and more compact (need less or no precompression). And what about footings? There can be more risk of i...

Posted by Al Birchard Nov. 11, 2019, 12:56 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...natural gas or propane. Our design calls for up to 16" thick walls, slab on grade, triple glazed windows, and a traditional sloped roof (not flat). I am actiing...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...natural' ventilation holes (dryer vent, wood stove chimney, bathroom vent, etc) all serve to relieve some of that pressure. Stripping the house from the outside...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 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

Is installing a venting skylight to release hot air from my a home a good idea?

...natural light to homes, but durability issues often arise, along with higher energy bills. The net result of a skylight can be nicer brighter room, but it inevi...

Posted by Fred Velsen Aug. 28, 2021, 11:10 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Where can I buy hemp insulation for home renovation In Durham Region, Ontario?

Where can I buy hemp insulation in Durham Region area of Ontario, Canada? You can buy hemp insulation at Ecohome for Canada or the US , just send us an email...

Posted by Virgil N Jan. 23, 2020, 10:50 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 2 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

...natural and non-toxic insulation material that will protect the air quality in your home. We will have an order page coming soon, but for the moment you can dro...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Do you have a diagram showing effect of winds on the pressure inside the house?

...natural stack effect of warm air rising will create a convection in the house as well as create a positive pressure at the top portion of your building enclosur...

Posted by Bryan Bargen June 8, 2018, 5:20 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

What would be the best alternative to chemical treatment for outdoor pools?

...natural swimming pond , read more about them here and download a free natural pool DIY building guide – All about natural swimming pools and ponds Natural p...

Posted by Ladka Heidari April 19, 2020, 6:24 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

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

...natural finishing oil , synthetic drywall with low-dust drywall compound and zero VOC paint , and if you want a pre-finished formaldehyde-free wall panel you co...

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

What does it take to get a water heater air-conditioner and heater mini-split?

...natural gas, and your water heater uses that heated air, your water is also effectively heated with that same fuel. It’s just a consideration worth remembering,...

Posted by Réal Paquin May 28, 2020, 12:44 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

How do know if I have a gas leak ? It's a ventless heater

My partner is putting radiant flooring with a professional in our living greenhouse. But for now he has purchased a ventless wall heater. He claims he smells n...

Posted by Margherita Sewell Jan. 29, 2021, 4:59 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...natural stack effect, humid air from the basement will rise to the living area , so fix the problem down there and you may fix it upstairs. If you do plan to do...

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

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...natural based hemp insulation products . What is really important is that you don’t affect the wall’s ability to dry. For that reason if you wanted a simple "...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 Responses

Can I use Brio on my indoor cedar porch floor?

...natural finishing oils, so there will have products for exterior decks, you can see the options of Prato verde finishing oils here . Be sure to follow manufactu...

Posted by Linda Burnside March 31, 2021, 4:37 p.m. Paints, finishes and natural coatings 2 Responses