Damage / Guides

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change
Planning and Design

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

...damage payouts that they’ve changed the rules on overland flooding. You can take these projections, which are freely available on line (e.g. see this link for Canada and this link for the US) and create a risk profile for your own region. And that leads us right to the topic of risk reduction, which is essential in any...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...damage to your home. Lifespan and cost: 12 to 20 years depending on the quality, weather, and debris from surrounding trees. This is the cheapest roofing material for a single installation, but its short lifespan will make it the most expensive choice over the life of a home. 2. Metal roofs: Metal roofing © Eco...

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...damage, where lead-acid batteries (and even the Tesla lithium ion Powerwall) should not be discharged below 50% capacity at risk of shortening their life. A consequence of using only half the capacity of a battery is the need for twice as many to meet your demand. The absence of rare earth metals in the Aquion salt...

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...damage that can occur due to overheating in summer. In the springtime, our pre-fabricated house with dense-packed cellulose walls will be delivered and installed on the slab. Below is a short video of the solar heated floor slab construction , stay tuned for more on the house that will be seated on it! For more rea...

4th generation blowing agents for spray foam
Insulation and soundproofing

New HFO blowing agents for spray foam will make it over 1,000 times less harmful to the climate

...damage they did to the planet. While we have always recommended builders use alternatives to XPS and spray foam whenever possible, even considering the negative impacts there was often little choice but to recommend them as sometimes there were no suitable replacements. As dedicated green builders, it will be much ea...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...damage. A low-quality window will lose heat quicker than a higher quality triple-paned window ; they will also collect more condensation that can damage sills, drywall and structural materials. A resilient wall is one that is well-suited to the challenges posed by its particular climate and microclimate. The solu...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...damage during construction is too great. They look like a gnome's house. They will be infested with bugs and mice. They are at a greater risk of fire. Every one of those concerns is to some extent valid, but has largely been debunked, or bypassed by the pioneers of Straw Bale homes such as Peterborough, Ontario based...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...damage. The only way a skylight will save you energy and headaches is if you leave it in the store and don't mess around with the continuity of your roof. Light well with a reflective tube may be a better option than a skylight © Skylights Plus Instead of a skylight, consider a light well There is an alternat...

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

How to find a healthier wood finish

...damage - it's very easy to touch up an oiled floor, especially when compared to a varnished one. Environmental impacts and indoor air quality (IAQ) Whatever floor finish you choose, different products will have different impacts on your home air quality and the planet. Like paints, floor finishes will contain varyi...

Lithium-ion solar home battery
Solar photovoltaic

Lithium-ion solar home batteries

...damage the battery and reduce its future storage capacity . Also, lead-acid batteries require periodic maintenance throughout their relatively short lifespan and lead poses human health risks. The latest lithium-ion batteries require little maintenance, offer a longer lifespan, and often, the ability to be fully disc...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...damage and protect indoor air quality, especially true in basements where ventilation is essential to stop mold forming . There are still those that profess that walls need to breath and that 'houses are too airtight', but this myth is completely false and very damaging to your home. Walls need to be able to dry, ide...