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How to Find & Order In-Stock Essential Products Online COVID-19 & Coronavirus

Life Hacks to help stay Eco during COVID-19 Quarantine & Ordering Online

...DIY shelter in place projects is that some of these categories overlap with stuff we might be looking for. And here's the thing - what we found is, that when we did searches on Amazon, the same products were often listed multiple times and depending if we clicked on the 'right' or 'wrong' listing, this could dramatic...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

Top Tips for preparing a home for winter Extremely low temperatures over winter can test your home in many ways , and sometimes your house will return a failing grade. Even brand new homes built to code can see failures of their building envelopes, windows, doors and ventilation systems during winter, a simple failu...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...house, and if possible avoid attached garages. If you have an attached garage, check to see that it is well sealed on the common wall with your house. Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) There is pretty much no escaping electromagnetic exposure in modern society, we are surrounded by it inside and outside our homes. Like...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...house, it dries outwards , when we cool a house, it dries inwards ( or at least it should - depending if you have a vapor barrier) . A well-ventilated air space between sheathing and cladding is an important part of the strategy needed to allow walls to shed moisture in all seasons and conditions. Drainage planes (bu...

Why Radon maps by state or province shouldn't replace testing

Radon Levels by State & Province - Why a Radon Test is Essential

...DIY radon test kit will cost about $40 USD ( compare prices here ), and can be easily purchased online. Professional radon testing offers the most accurate reading, that would be recommended to have done if you have found a high-level with a DIY radon testing kit , that may also be a test you want to invest in if you...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...House Store Pros: Highly resistant to moisture, rot and wind, very low embodied energy. They make for a beautiful, authentic and natural looking roof. As it is a completely natural material, it can be more responsibly disposed of than other materials at the end of its life Cons: Installation is time consuming, ...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

Radon Gas in Crawlspaces & Basements - why is it a problem? Radon gas was not high on the radar of builders and home owners over the last few decades , but as it is the second leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking) in the USA & Canada, it is quickly becoming a household term. Many newer homes will have radon b...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...House (ASH) . The two houses act as a living laboratory with more than 400 calibrated sensors that monitor the performance of the buildings' systems. There is also an on-site weather station measuring outdoor meteorological conditions, providing site-specific climate data. Much research has been conducted through the...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...house. Learn more about green home building and how to create healthy indoor spaces , all in the Ecohome Building Guide as well as in the following pages: Natural, food safe, mineral oil wood finish on shelves of big box stores How to make DIY non toxic paint here Where to buy and choose safe zero VOC...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...DIY, if the waste water drains ever had an issue, the water table only has to get above the height of the lip of the bowl and then the sewage will backfeed and fill the basement. Did we mention yet that we're not huge basement fans for a whole list of reasons? This is one of them - so while up-to-date code in certain...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...house Dynamics SiteSage CURB CurrentCost Efergy DIY & Open source smart home monitoring systems EMONPI ARDUINO SHIELD ARDUINO - XBEE RASPBERRY PI Other intelligent home device articles: Lithium-Ion home batteries that now include smart features to learn habits to better manage power storage....