Damage / Guides

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...damage from condensation . Solar water heaters solar hot water heater diagram image via bonney.com If you’ve ever sat in a car with black leather seats in the summer, you already understand solar heat collection. The amount of heat that can be generated by the most rudimentary solar collection system is ast...

Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...damage . This can allow you to use wood instead of switching to metal as a durability precaution. 4- Leave metal stud cavities on exterior walls empty, and instead use the money you would have spent on batts to thicken up a seamless layer of board insulation. You may lose a couple of inches of interior space, but tha...

The difference between air barriers and vapour barriers
Air and vapour barriers

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...damage from air leaks, air barriers should be getting a lot more attention than they are. Discover alternative air barriers such as interior sheathing with OSB as an air & vapor barrier for homes , exterior air barrier membranes , how to choose and install WRBs (weather resistant barriers) , and all about sustainable...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...damage to any ecosystems that lay in its intended path. For a given length of pipe, horizontal loop systems are a bit less efficient than vertical loop systems, as they can be more easily affected by surface temperatures. The other downside is that if or when there's a leak in the circuit, with a horizontal mat or grid...

Smart Homes, Technology & UV can Help Reduce COVID-19
Cleaning and maintenance

Keep homes cleaner & safer with smart home features & UV light

...damage your eyes as easily as it kills germs. Another idea we've seen that looks like a winner are the UV enclave units that we can drop our mobile phones into. Sanitizing phones has often been neglected, and let's face it, they are never far from our hands or the danger of picking up bugs and viruses. If you are in ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...damage, or shifting due to soil quality, you would be better to build a raft slab on expansive soils or high water tables instead of a slab with a thickened edge footing. A raft slab distributes the weight evenly over the whole surface instead of resting on an edge-loaded footing, so the risk of differential settlement...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...damage than solid lumber . If you were thinking it's ok to build a new home with OSB "because everybody does it", see why we consider that the small extra cost of plywood may be worth it when compared to the disadvantages of OSB here . So; why do new houses rot while old ones are in great shape? It should be no won...

Detergent-free eco friendly Laundry balls
Cleaning and maintenance

Do Laundry balls work?

...damage the ball) and states that no additional laundry detergent or fabric softener is needed; specifically - bleach is to be avoided. The results of our landry wash ball tests: I did four tests in all, with 4 washing cycles in normal mode (cold water + ‘colors’), with different materials. My washer is a fairly new...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...damage during installation as well as during its operational life. It is hydrophobic (meaning it will not absorb water and moisture), so it can get wet without causing great concern. Once it dries it will maintain it's original R value. Given the chronic water and humidity problems that plague basements, stone wool is ...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...damage than some other materials if not handled and installed properly. But this can be said of many components of a home, and rather than dissuade us from using cellulose, it should encourage us to ensure we use proper building techniques; stopping air leakage and managing moisture diffusion through walls . A quick ...

How to Build Homes & Protect Homes to Stop Wildfires
Concept and design

How to protect your home from fire - a burning need to know.

...damages. That fire started in a drought in a forested area well outside the city limits then quickly engulfed whole neighborhoods and forced the evacuation of 88,000 people. Miraculously nobody died in that castastrophe, but I bet folks in Fort Mac think a bit more about fire risk now. I’m sure we would all prefer to...