Air quality / Guides

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...air conditioner combo. Other interesting advantages include increased indoor air quality, since there are no fuels being burned and exhausted and the system w...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...airing old windows: If your frames are in relatively good shape and the issue is air leakage, repair is not only possible, it will likely be much cheaper and ...

Midori Uchi
Efficient home design

A new contender for the title of Canada's Greenest Home

...air tightness quality, and environmental responsibility in home construction. The Midori Uchi will be a show home for showcasing green home design for approxima...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...air quality and the use of sustainable building materials, which also means that it can be specified and supplied as Novoclimat or Zero Net Energy Ready too. (I...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...air, but it sure feels like it. At night though, one of the best places for a fan in an upstairs window blowing out. This draws in cool air from all the other o...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...air quality as these chemicals off gas into the air in your home. Choosing natural building materials without chemicals and VOCs will lead to safer indoor air q...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...air heating, it does not blow dust around your home. So it offers an advantage for cleaner indoor-air quality than a crawl space foundation. A polished concre...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...air quality in homes , the market naturally follows suit. So thankfully it is becoming easier all the time to find green building products such as non-toxic and...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...air systems must have air filters with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) ≥ 8 and ensure that air handlers can maintain an appropriate system pressure ...

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Interior design and furnishing

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...air quality with non-toxic interior furnishings and choosing non-toxic building materials in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages at North America's green bui...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...Air leaks are responsible for a surprisingly large amount of heat loss, so plan your air barrier well in the design phase and be very meticulous with air sealin...