Bathroom renovations / Guides

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?

...bathroom fan during the shower and for 15-20 minutes after to get that humid air outside. Because of the number of incorrectly installed bathroom fans we’ve see...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...bathrooms to facilitate safety handles. Universal access doors (36") and spacious bathrooms. Under-counter openings for wheelchairs. There is no questio...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...bathrooms , carrying out sustainable non-toxic green kitchen renovations or sustainable green building techniques in general, visit the EcoHome Sustainable Gree...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...renovations, a very leaky rate of 8.1 ACH was recorded. This presented an opportunity to test Aerobarrier that looked so promising. After two hours of sprayin...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

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

...bathroom and kitchen. This can also be an excellent resale feature, by making it easier for future owners to make those changes themselves. Using reclaimed ...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

Home water consumption in Canada: On average, Canadians use over 300 litres of water per person, per day. Compare this to consumption in the UK of 200 litres...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...Bathroom water damage: Does it have wood around wet areas? Are there signs of water damage anywhere? Are toilets and faucets modern low-flow models ? If appli...

Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

1. Make a realistic budget and schedule: This is, without a doubt, the starting point to a successful build - don’t underestimate the time and money it will ...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...bathroom; good thick curtains are very effective in reducing heat loss; install electronic thermostats to reduce heat consumption, and use zero VOC paints. Yo...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...bathrooms and kitchens not being contained. Along with proper design and keeping problem areas clean and dry, it is important to ensure bathroom fans, kitchen...

Frost in attic
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic?

...bathroom and kitchen fans when showering and cooking, run a dehumidifier in the basement if needed, and don't hang laundry to dry indoors, unless of course your...