Difference between HRV and ERV / Guides

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...HRV or ERV Ventilation Exchanger Systems . The key questions are: How much fresh air is enough? How much fresh air comes in through the building envelope? What is the difference between an ERV and an HRV? How to choose between an HRV and an ERV? How much fresh air is required in homes and ...

The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes
HRV and ERV

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

...and cleaned the filter on my HRV about once a year, likely a bit less frequently to tell the honest truth. And when I do it, I inevitably tell myself to come sooner next time. I have an HRV system in my home that is more intended to service the main floors and much less the unfinished basement that we rarely use. By ...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...and durability in homes. Find other guides for air tightness and air balancing in houses & buildings here such as : HRV or ERV Heat Exchanger ventilation, and how to choose All About balanced ventilation with Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) or Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) systems Air Barriers &...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...and what Living Green Walls do and don't do, find more about protecting indoor air quality by Choosing non-toxic paint , Choosing non-toxic floor finishes to protect indoor air quality , and the Difference Between an HRV and an ERV to ensure proper home ventilation, all in the Ecohome Green Building website .

Preventing radon gas in homes starts with testing for radon - the only sure way
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Radon Gas Awareness - Up to 10% of North American homes tested have unsafe radon levels

...and mitigation techniques in existing homes that tested above safe levels. This page highlights the importance of Preventing Radon Gas in Home s, now be sure to read about Removing Radon gas from Crawlspaces & Basements , Removing Radon Gas from Well Water , and Choosing Between The Difference Between an HRV and an E...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The Kenogami House: Energy systems in Net Zero Energy Home Design

...ervice life than a solar thermal system. For a solar thermal system, the less the temperature difference between the coolant and water in the tank, the less power is transferred to the water. This means that the efficiency of the system will vary depending on the temperature difference, which is not the case for a PV...

Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...and special offers for manual humidity meters here (we've tried and like the ThermoPro TP 50) Or if you have a Smart home or are heading that way, See here to compare humidity meters online including smart trackers and alarms and find special offers and reviews Where the moisture is, and where it wants to go: The...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

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

...difference between a standard kitchen and a much less toxic one, showing that going green no longer comes with the financial sacrifice it used to. What makes kitchen cabinets green? Countertops aside (and we suggest you consider making a Green Countertop choice here too - ISO 14044, Greenguard and USGBC LEED points...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...and as wood is a living material it does move with changes in the weather and over time. Succesfully sealing windows against air-leaks relies on flexible seals being fitted between the frames and the framing, often called Air Sealing System Tapes , which are part of an effective Exterior insulation and finish system (E...

BC Energy Step Code - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...and sustainable standard. Overall though, as a builder or general contractor your job won’t actually be that much different - get plans passed, follow them, build better. The key will be ensuring you and your construction team get the necessary training to know how to achieve the detail differences that make all the di...

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?

...between an HRV or ERV unit, see here . If in a cold climate, it’s also a great idea to fit a low level evacuation pipe on the HRV or ERV unit rather than a roof vent that can freeze up and be hard to check and keep clear. Fit a high efficiency and appropriately sized dehumidifier – Once everything has been checked an...