Do living walls clean air / Guides

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...Do living green walls use a lot of energy? Due to the short duration and frequency of the irrigation cycle our walls use minimal electricity. Are living green walls noisy? Any audible sound only lasts a few minutes a day, but nothing anywhere near what you would describe as disruptive or intruding. Do Living wa...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...walls from drying. 6 mil poly vapour barriers are an above grade solution intended to allow walls to dry to the exterior, that is impossible below grade. The only drying that will take place below grade will be inwards. Building scientists agree that polyethylene vapour barriers on the inside of basement walls doom...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...don’t let that instantly dissuade you from re-using the existing structure, as load bearing walls can be removed and replaced with supporting beams to open the space up. Replacing windows when renovating a home: Windows will likely need replacing if you are considering a rebuild or tear-down of your home . They don...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...dously interested in this kind of a building ,” he said. “A building that does everything for itself, totally off of every grid and they’re warm. It gets very cold (in Alberta) and the building has no backup heating whatsoever, it doesn’t need it.” How does a wood stove not qualify as backup heat? And when did propan...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...air, so sound can move through them fairly easily. Rockwool brands itself as a soundproofing insulation , which it does a fair job at, but so do Hemp, grass, even dense pack cellulose and wood fiberboards. Reduce pollution and protect indoor air quality There is a steady increase in the amount of people that suffer...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

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

...doesn’t perform well if compressed, and gaps around studs and headers can actually encourage air convection causing heat loss . Fibreglass is moisture sensitive and should not be installed where it will be exposed to moisture. Despite how commonly it can be found insulating foundation walls, it should never be in...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...walls need to be able to dry in at least one direction. In a cold climate, the walls above ground should be designed to dry predominantly to the outside. But, since soil is for all intents and purposes 'water', basement walls need to dry to the inside. Common building practice does not account for this, and a disturb...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...cleaner indoor air, and improved health. It's very difficult in the modern age to create a home free of contaminants while keeping the amenities we are accustomed too, but look at it as a cumulative effect. You will be exposed everywhere you go, so try to keep your home air as clean as you can. One big-ticket item we...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...air barrier . Air leakage can be responsible for as much as a third of energy losses from a home due to hot air escaping through the smallest of holes. Again, having a clean indoor facility can make it easier to accomplish any task effectively, including properly air sealing walls. LEED Platinum prefab Kit house ...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...dows where the heater’s rising air counteracts falling cool air from the window’s glass, and are controlled by thermostats within the room where they are located. If homes are older, the insulation isn’t too great and the air permeability is high, then these types of heaters are probably not a great choice for home h...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...doors for example, or some specific flooring material, you many need to adjust framing or floor heights. Old doors don’t always meet the standard openings and its best to know the exact sizes before you start building. Designing a green home: Whether you are designing your home yourself, or having a professional do...