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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

...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 barrier, you may be better waiting until the exterior siding needs replacement then installing a continuous rigid panel insulation to the exterior under the finish, along with an ER...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...heating systems being tested: House A Heated with a 10.5 kW (3 ton) high-efficiency variable capacity air-to-air source heat pump manufactured by Mitsubishi™ with a direct expansion coil air handling unit (AHU) and a multi-speed fan to supply warm and cold air for space heating and cooling. House B Heated with ...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...wood with character for repurposing, others might actually be poisoning the air in our homes! We've even heard from some of our Australian and New Zealand readers with "inside knowledge" to say that down-under at the moment, all shipping pallets coming into customs from the East are being fumigated with toxic cocktai...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

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

...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, President of the Manufacturers of t...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...with a new building), you reduce the amount of panels required for heating by that same amount and suddenly heating a house with an active solar panel system becomes more realistic. Even more so if you design for passive heating as well, which can potentially cut demand in half on its own. It is our humble opinion th...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...with space heating, water heating, cooking, and almost everything else, powered by a 12 kW solar-electric system—we can heat the place just fine with our small wood stove if we need to. Moving our focus outdoors As the cold of winter gradually ceded control to the sunshine of spring, I was only too ready to turn my...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...with the recent completion of the Beachaus I in the White Rock / South Surrey area of BC near Vancouver, built by Inhaus Developments Ltd. Inside and out the design of this home is not what you would expect from prefab. It's 2085 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a large separate office/studio space and natur...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...heating panel that can release air in summer to prevent overheating when the panel isn't actively in use - as "cooking" a panel . You could also apply the principles of passive heating and cooling by placing the panel under the eave where it will have full exposure with the low winter sun but be shaded when the sun i...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...without their feet feeling cold. It can even be used with under-floor heating. The continuing oxidation and hardening of the surface causes a temporary yellowish color called ambering. But a few hours of exposure to light makes the ambering disappear. Finishes can be applied before or after the ambering disappears. ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...wood finish to it. Most engineered hardwood products can be added to a slab on grade without risk of cupping and cracking. Such wood can be found pre-finished so you don’t have the detrimental health effects from the VOC's from varnish applied onsite, or you can purchase raw wood and apply a non-toxic natural wood fi...

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

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

...heating system paired with an electric boiler with carefully controlled backup heating control system too. This LEED Platinum certified home may be miserly with energy, but it's generous with comfort! Exterior wall assemblies for this beautiful LEED platinum home include: Insulation: 8 in. of semi-rigid mineral...