Healthy air quality / Guides

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...air being fed into the air exchanger. For additional heat we installed two little mini-split heat pumps (one head on the ground floor and another upstairs) which can extract heat from the outside air down to temperatures as low as -27.7°C. The air exchanger will then take care of circulating the warm or cool air. T...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...air sealing details which take time. It includes a long list of environmentally friendly materials , specifically chosen to ensure a healthy internal air quality for the home , and includes mechanical systems with not one but three interwoven and efficient options for heating . Some of the Eco-friendly features in ...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...air quality that, according to the EPA, can be 5 times more polluted than outdoor air due to toxic airborne particles that originate in building materials and surface finishes. Especially when you consider the fact that modern high-efficiency and airtight buildings keep all the polluted air in unless they're fitted wit...

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!
Landscaping

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...air and the soil. With regular use, the soil is damaged and kills the microbes, real allies of the gardens. A lot of maintenance : Some people love to mow the lawn, but for the most part, this is a task that few would miss, even with gas-powered garden tools. Since most of these have two-stroke engines, that makes th...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...air quality , and is extremely quiet inside. Quality construction is required in order to meet the high standard for a Passive House including an airtight building structure , thick walls, solid windows and doors. This provides the house with a substantial cozy feeling and comfortable healthy living. And, just to rep...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...air of an Earthship, which is a synthetic material derived from petrochemicals that is toxic to humans through long-term exposure. Mike Reynolds says it's safe, but he says a lot of stuff that doesn't add up so I personally would want to see some research on healthy indoor air quality before I spend the rest of my li...

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?
Kitchens

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters

...air quality because they continue to off-gas chemicals for years after installation, greater demand for healthier building materials is making them far more competitive than even just a year ago when I first posted a piece on building a formaldehyde-free non-toxic green kitchen . Lets hope the trend continues. Now yo...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...air outside. With some types of insulation this can allow warm, moist air to condense on the cold concrete. Having no insulation at all does not eliminate these issues; you are also at risk, just not to the same extent if you don't have moisture sensitive materials directly in harm's way. For a basement to have any...

Why Radon maps by state or province shouldn't replace testing

Radon Levels by State & Province - Why a Radon Test is Essential

...healthy indoor air quality here: Removing Radon Gas from Crawlspaces & Basements Is there Radon Gas in Water? How to Control Radon Gas in Homes Maintaining Healthy Indoor Air Quality in Homes Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - Also, learn mo...

Which House Plants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...air quality magic bullet,” says Michael Waring, an environmental engineer and indoor air quality expert at Drexel University. Another study showed even less air quality benefits from house plants, and concluded that it would take approximately 1,000 plants in a 10 square foot area to achieve the improvement in air qu...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...Quality: 18 of 21 available points, with monitors for data collection 2. Energy and Atmosphere: 26 of 38 available points, heated with locally produced wood pellets 3. Materials and Resources: 15 of 16 available points, with healthy and local materials An extraordinary customer: A nice surprise for Alain Culis,...