Health / Guides

Climate change impact of diet
Lifestyle and environment

how your diet affects climate change

...healthier, but will consume less resources in production. Growing broccoli requires less water than asparagus Asparagus can be said to be the fancy cousin of broccoli, and there is a big difference in their water consumption. Broccoli requires about 129 litres of water per kg - similar to the requirements of caulif...

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

Ventilation & air exchangers

...Health Canada Along with removing contaminants from the air, there are health consequences from having either too much or too little moisture in our homes. There are bacteria, viruses, moulds and mites that will show up on either end of the spectrum if your air is either too humid or too dry. Somewhere in t...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II in Vancouver, BC
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) Measures the Environmental Benefit of the LEED Certification Program. worldwide." Visit the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages to find out more about more about the LEED rating system , Passive House Certification , Net Zero Labelled homes and other certifications that can help make your home qualify for tax rebates and incentives . And take a tour of the first LEED V4 Platinum ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...healthy flooring material you can choose for a slab on grade foundation. The only downside is that it can be a bit tough on the knees for some people, myself included, so I would add a thin wood finish to it. Most engineered hardwood products can be added to a slab on grade without risk of cupping and cracking. Such ...

CaGBC, LEED green building trends
LEED Homes

New report shows Canadian green building market growing steadily with owners seeing strong benefits from building green.

...healthy green buildings have," says Harvey Bernstein, Vice President of Industry Insights and Alliances at McGraw Hill Construction. "As research continues to demonstrate the value of these investments on companies' productivity and the bottom line, we think that occupant health and satisfaction is going to be an even ...

Mixed interior room lighting

Home lighting design risks. If you are using them, try to keep them in areas where they aren’t likely to be broken. If you do break one, open some windows and change the air in the room immediately. Some people have reported health effects from being in close proximity to CFL bulbs for extended periods of time. While this only a...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month of occupants. According to the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ), sewer backups and basement water damage are among the most common home insurance claims. A lower-maintenance and more reliable solution than a check valve has been developed by a Quebec company called Inflotrolix, with two products we'd like t...

Quarantine DIY Projects to do with Kids - Refinishing Wood

Home improvement projects to do with kids - Refinishing wood of the frontline workers, and of our high-risk friends, neighbors and family members. It's a small price to pay. So.... here is a stay at home ‘life school’ project that we just did - 'how to refinish a coffee table'. Or perhaps more aptly entitled, 'how to kinda refinish a coffee table and kill an afternoon'....

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

It is a very wise idea to have the air of your home checked for high levels of radon gas. Health Canada has identified exposure to radon gas as the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, estimated to be the cause of 16% of diagnosed cases in the country. A high reading may come, not from having a uranium...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills risk to the most vulnerable members of society. There are some tips to help keep a home cool during a heat wave, but faced with long spells of very high temperatures, that becomes increasingly difficult to do as heat is stored in the thermal mass of our homes making it more difficult to cool them down at night...

Can I legally put a Tiny House on my Property?
Tiny house

How can I put a Tiny House on my property legally in the USA ? department of counties and is generally decided on a case-by-case basis. As it relates to electricity, standard requirements for California have been to bury electrical hookups 16 inches down, otherwise the home should have an independent photovoltaic solar panel system. Practically speaking, occupants tend ...