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Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Healthy indoor air quality

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...quality is superior. The thicker barrier is not only better for mitigating soil gas, but it is far more durable during the construction phase than the 6 mil poly. More on radon protection : Removing radon gas from well water Removing radon gas from crawlspaces & basements From the EcoHome Green Home Buildin...

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...indoor air quality. Contrary to what many people believe, indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air. How is inside air worse that outside air? The air you breathe inside originates outside, coming in through air leaks, windows or ventilation systems, so right off the bat the best air quality you can hope f...

Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop
Kitchens

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

...air quality or have a big ecological impact. The Eco brand from Cosentino is one such sustainable counter and we like how it's look compliments The Edelweiss minimalistic interior design. Although considered part of the quartz family for retail purposes, in reality it has only a small percentage of quartz since it's ...

Dirrtt Environmental Solutions, Green Wall
Lifestyle and environment

Green Business Certification Inc. and Canada Green Building Council Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

...healthy building movement by bringing health and wellness into Canada’s indoor environments through the WELL Building Standard,” said IWBI Founder Paul Scialla. “With this agreement, we see tremendous opportunity for the wellness, sustainability and real estate communities in Canada to come together to support human he...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...indoor air quality. Simply due to the rate of air leakage in most buildings, it would be difficult for anything short of an airtight house and a virtual jungle of plants to see a measurable improvement in air quality. However, from a quality of life and design perspective, these make for very cool living rooms. Havin...

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

...air it will collect at the floor level, but it is easily stirred up by heating and ventilation equipment, the stack effect (air convection), and even the movement of people through a room. If a glass of water with high levels of radon was left undisturbed, there wouldn't be much gas escaping until you break the surfa...

Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks and toys
Healthy indoor air quality

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

Livos is a Quebec manufacturer of natural wood finishing oils, and they are very transparent about the composition of their products which are mainly plants and some other natural materials. There are also no heavy metals used in the colouring pigments, so it is a completely sustainably-made and healthy product. "In...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...air quality and ecological impact. Cons: It isn't solid wood so there are tiny finger joints every foot or so which aren't terribly noticeable, but if you aren't a big fan of that look you can always paint them. Prolonged exposure to moisture can cause delamination. Hollow wood doors Hollow doors have an interi...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...airly good condition should provide enough of an air barrier to contain radon below it. A contractor will drill two small test holes in the concrete floor on opposite sides of the basement, then install a vacuum in one and measure air flow with the other. If there is sufficient air movement below the slab, then a rad...

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

...Air-Con = Damp Moldy Walls So here's a little known fact that most HVAC installers won't tell a potential new client for central air; Polyethylene vapor barriers in combination with air conditioning in homes can rot walls because of the condensation they may cause. This is why if you have a newer home with a vapor ba...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...indoor air quality (IAQ). When you are making choices, find out the estimated lifespan and what maintenance is required to keep it in good condition. Just a note, when you read 'FSC wood', that refers to Forest Stewardship Council , an international certification program that promotes the sustainable and responsible ...