Air tightness / Guides

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...air tightness in houses & why balancing air pressure is important for comfort and durability in homes. Find other guides for air tightness and air balancing i...

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...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...air comes in contact with cold windows in winter, it cools, the moisture within it condenses on the window, and the cooler, denser air falls, creating air movem...

The Archipod
Tiny house

Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

...air tightness. Standard heating is by way of an electric radiator, which is a highly efficient way to heat a small, independent and highly insulated space. 'P...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...air comes in through walls? A reasonably tight house would have a measured air tightness of about 3 Air Changes per Hour at a pressure of 50 pascals (ACH @ 50...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...air with a device like a heat recovery ventilator (HRV). Blower door test being conducted © Ecohome Airtightness is measured in air changes per hour (AC...

Habitat workers raise a wall at the the Red River Ex June 2011
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council announces affordable green housing program

...air tightness, drain water heat recovery, and high performance heating and ventilation systems – saving up to 30 per cent a year in energy and water costs. The ...

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 ...

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...airtightness standard. It has been estimated that air leakage can account for about 1/3rd of a home’s total heat loss , so for step one of the Step Code you w...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...airtight building envelope Buildings benefit from an airtight envelope, since it allows better control over indoor air quality . Airtightness also improves en...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...Air lock entry at the doors. With an air tight building an air lock is not really of much value, the whole house acts as a air lock and air doesn't blow though ...