Air quality during renovations / Guides

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...air quality . Buy pre-finished wood flooring: Fumes from the varnish you apply to a freshly sanded floor will be a lot more noticeable and last longer than wood that comes pre-finished from a manufacturer. Alternatively, we would recommend using a natural floor oil instead. Protecting air quality during renovations...

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...airtight . Air leakage accounts for 1/3rd of heat loss in homes and causes moisture damage in walls as humid air escapes through tiny holes. Air barriers can be anywhere in the wall and can rely on many different types of material. So, how to create an air barrier depends on whether you are carrying out work on the i...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...air in from any existing hole in your air barrier no matter how small it is. The operator then determines your ACH (air changes per hour) based on the house dimensions and the volume of air in the home. Standard new home construction in North America seems to return an average air leakage rate of about 3 air changes ...

Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?
Insulation and soundproofing

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster?

...air will leak through spray foam after it sets (right after, at least) and as much as we advocate for airtight homes, that can be a very real problem in this case given the risk to health. It is a known fact that indoor air quality in homes can be heavily polluted, and several times more toxic that outdoor air. That’s ...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...air conditioning in the summer. A well-insulated, well-sealed building envelope is imperative to the performance of your home. No amount of solar panels will compensate for windows and walls that leak heat and moisture. A reasonably-sized house: We just can’t stress this enough — a smaller house is a more efficie...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...air entering the HRV. In the winter when the air temperature outside is -25°C, fresh air is warmed to +2°C before it enters the HRV. This eliminates the need of using an electric heater to pre-warm the air. In the summer when the temperature outside is +33°C, fresh air enters the HRV at +22°C. The system was primaril...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...during a home renovation , I would at best be left with the same size of mortgage, a lower quality home and a living space that was designed three quarters of a century earlier to serve as a weekend & summer cottage. At his suggestion, I tried to envision myself in that renovated home space in the future, and quickly c...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...air cooling system or no air cooling system Good quality attic insulation ENERGY STAR® qualified windows installed with no cracks or air gaps ENERGY STAR qualified hot water system or solar or tankless hot water system ENERGY STAR qualified doors with no cracks or air gaps At least three ENERGY STAR certified...

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?
Kitchens

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters

...air quality because they continue to off-gas chemicals for years after installation, greater demand for healthier building materials is making them far more competitive than even just a year ago when I first posted a piece on building a formaldehyde-free non-toxic green kitchen . Lets hope the trend continues. Now yo...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...renovations and repairs So, the question is – what should we do about condensation? How do we fix and prevent condensation in our homes? Condensation in homes – the basics So what is condensation? Condensation in its purest form is caused when humidity in the air comes in contact with a cold surface and it co...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...air quality is a trend that increases in popularity every year , and we think 2020 will offer significant growth. New non-toxic building products hit market regularly, but what is important is when box stores opt for more eco-friendly material options. This is a reflection of the trend towards protecting indoor air qua...