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Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

Remember linoleum? Meet marmoleum! Remember linoleum, that durable but boring material found on most kitchen and bathroom floors of older homes? These days, its called marmoleum and it comes in bright colors and faux finishes. Whatever name you call it, it’s generally considered both the greenest and healthiest floo...

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 seen installed – it’s also probably worth double checking in the loft space that bathroom fans are correctly vented to outside and that joints are duct taped up pr...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...bathroom cabinets . Fed with cold water, these gas or electric heaters give you instant hot water, so you eliminate heat loss though piping and storage of water. Claims of superior energy efficiency with a tankless delivery system are somewhat exaggerated. In reasonably-sized homes without extremely long hot water fe...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...bathroom cabinets, window frames and doors, moldings, acoustic panels, interior doors, flooring, pergolas, etc. Worth noting - beyond just the toxins in sealants, as well as binders and adhesives found in most composite wood materials, there are other durability and air quality issues with MDF and other engineered bu...

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. You can also install LED or compact fluorescent bulbs , caulk and foam any gaps, and cover your windows with plastic in winter. These upgrades don’t necessarily h...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...Bathroom fans to manage moisture and prevent the risk of mold growth Central vacuum removes dust and helps reduce allergy symptoms Chosen ERV & Ventilation Brands : Venmar, air exchanger, bathroom fan, range hood, central vacuum Healthy interior finishing options Beyond aesthetics, many of the detail finish...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...bathroom floors and shower walls Lightweight synthetic gypsum drywall with high recycled content Mineral-wool insulation , including the insulation used under the slab LED lighting fixtures and bulbs Interior paints and floor adhesives with zero volatile organic compounds A DIY Green living roof Under-slab ...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...bathroom fans, stove hoods, shower drains, dryer vents, etc., must be well-sealed before the work is performed. But as old homes often have very high air leakage rates, the added effort required to install Aerobarrier will often pay for itself in short order through energy savings that would be impossible to achieve th...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...Bathroom fans to manage moisture and prevent the risk of mold growth Central vacuum removes dust and helps reduce allergy symptoms Chosen ERV & Ventilation Brands : Venmar, air exchanger, bathroom fan, range hood, central vacuum Healthy interior finishing options Beyond aesthetics, many of the detail finish...

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

...bathroom and 2 bedrooms. The walls are insulated with vapor-permeable wood fiber panels , and dense-packed cellulose insulation . Windows are triple-glazed with Low-e coatings for maximum performance and UV protection of interior finishes and furniture. If living in 750 square feet seems just a little too cozy...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...bathroom, a heat source, ventilation system, windows and a door; but instead of those costs being spread over 1,000 or more square feet, they may be spread over only 100 square feet. So, relative to the size, you will probably pay a lot for a tiny house. If you manage to get a permit to build something super-tiny on ...