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Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...air. Although the amount from windows is minor, off-gassing of PVC from windows and other products in homes can affect air quality. PVC has specifically been linked to reproductive, brain and immune system disorders. Of all the window frame materials you will find, Vinyl performs the worst in cold climates. Until -10...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...homes in Saskatoon today, in fact throughout North America; " Everybody should be building the equivalent to the passive house , " he said recently, and EcoHome agrees, though we do have "a thing" for non-toxic homes too, especially as high-efficiency homes tend to be more airtight, so the chemicals we choose to use in...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...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. As the EPA say, somewhere in the range of 35 to 50% relative humidity is general...

Techniques for reducing sound transmission in buildings
Insulation and soundproofing

Controlling sound transmission in buildings

...homes, the background noise in the homes, and the sensitivity of the occupants. Are there any obvious faults? To get the maximum attenuation from a wall or floor, there should be no unnecessary penetrations or leaks. A small hole in a wall can seriously degrade the sound isolation. Some things to check are: Has t...