Home ventilation / Guides

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...Ventilation: At this moment, two small fans provide the necessary fresh air and moisture removal. The installation of a ventilation system powered by solar panels is planned for the future. Growing season: At present, it is used for a little over three seasons; there are about 2-3 months where it is not currently i...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...home Recycled Content : 80% to 100% Method and form : Cellulose consists of shredded newsprint and is non-toxic, recycled and generally local. It’s great for attics, you can blow it to whatever depth you want (with proper ventilation) and there are no seams to allow heat loss. It’s also an excellent choice fo...

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

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

...Homes Maintaining Healthy Indoor Air Quality in Homes Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - Also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...home’s natural surroundings. Green space is increased with the installation of green roofs and the replacement of the paved backyard with a plant-filled oasis. Through careful spatial organization, passive strategies such as natural ventilation, passive cooling, daylighting, and solar gain were maximized. These were ...

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

...Home Green Building Guides , on North America's favorite green building website - EcoHome.net... Finished Passive House standard home This article was written by owners and builders Win and Tim Naugler, and first published by our print magazine partner EcoHouse Canada. All images are courtesy...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...home has weak spots or thermal bridges in its insulated envelope, it points to problems in high humidity levels in the home – possibly coming from hidden problems in basements, crawlspaces, walls or ventilation systems – and some things are certain when a home has condensation running down the windows: Condensation...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...homes, see here . INSTALLATION OF MECHANICAL RADON MITIGATION SYSTEMS: Inside the perimeter of the slab, dig small trenches in the crushed gravel. Install all mechanical equipment (plumbing, electricity, ventilation) and seal all above-ground extremities before pouring the cement. For a video on radon barrier...

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

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...home owners over the last few decades , but as it is the second leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking) in the USA & Canada, it is quickly becoming a household term. Many newer homes will have radon barriers and vents but the question remains of how to deal with high levels of radon in existing homes with no mitig...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...homes , evaluating ahome before buying , finding the right neighbourhood ,and everything you need to know about green home renovations and upgrades in the Ecohome Green Home Building Guide pages.

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

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

...home for as long as your home stands, especially if the relative humidity and natural (air leakage) ventilation in the home means that ground floor rooms are less humid than the basement. All that ground moisture will be continually sucked into the concrete and will then often cause fungus and mold issues in your batt ...

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

...homes and windows see here from the EcoHome Green Building Guides , north America's favourite sustainable construction tips website