High humidity in homes / Guides

Choosing between an HRV and ERV
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...inimal installed rate ( Q ). Some codes (like the National Building Code of Canada) insist on insuring a capability of providing half this value on a continual ...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...in homes Outside of roof leaks and other building envelope failures, mould and mildew in homes develops in conditions of high humidity, most often in bathr...

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Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Polyethylene vapour barriers in air conditioned homes can rot walls

...in the past, drawing in endless fresh air and removing moisture. Home interiors were also finished with plaster in the past, which requires about 99% Relat...

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Condensation on windows leads to mold and mildew in homes
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...incoming air instead of just creating negative pressure and letting cold air find its own way in everytime someone turns on the fan. You won't need to inst...

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Icicles are an indication of heat loss, which can cause damage to insu
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter troubleshooting - are you ready for the cold?

...ing inside on exterior walls: This can be caused by thermal bridges in the original framing, poorly installed insulation, or even the complete absence of i...

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Cleaning HRV intakes
HRV and ERV

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

...ing about basic maintenance of some of the mechanical equipment in our homes; keeping your HRV (heat recovery ventilator) clean would be a good thing to keep hi...

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cold climat sk
Windows and doors

Skylights: an asset or a liability?

...ing envelope. New homes have ceiling insulation starting around R40, and finding them as high as R60 and R70 is not that unusual anymore, nor is that much insul...

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BioSIPS Pre-fabricated straw bale panels
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern staw bale construction: high performance, durable and affordable

...ing straw bale homes for 18 years, and building them in panel form since the year 2000. He has installed moisture meters inside walls dating back 15 years, so h...

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Building in flood plains
Lifestyle and environment

Future-proofing homes: building for a changing climate

...homes built in low-lying areas that have either seen or are at risk of seeing flooding will have significantly less appeal to a buying market that is becoming i...

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Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...ind out what funds you have available. Many banks offer incentives for including sustainable green components in your project like installing Energy Star window...

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LEED Platinum prefabricated home
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab home has superior air quality and performance

...In fact, the indoor temperature varied at most by one degree Celsius during the winter, while humidity remained constant at 48%, highlighting the superb efficie...

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