Home ventilation / Guides

Tyvek home wrap left exposed to wind and UV rays
Air and vapour barriers

Choosing the right house wrap / weather barrier, which is best?

...home There are many different potential wall assemblies, and many products with different characteristics that can be used in different cases. For the sake ...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...homes and can be retrofitted in older homes. Several companies are now manufacturing air to air heat recovery units. Many window manufacturers are now build...

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 pa...

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

...home construction can be found in the Ecohome green building guide pages

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...home ventilation system. And if you really want a supplementary fragrance, try using orange peels, or hang some sprigs of thyme or eucalyptus. I have tested thi...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...ventilation , not arbitrary holes in an air barrier. Always seal your home as tight as you possibly can and let your air exchanger do the job it was designed to...

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...Homeowner Benefits of the BC Energy Step Code There are many benefits to building better performing homes . As a business property owner or homeowner, the inc...

Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

The first thought of home lighting design should be the orientation of windows for quality of life, but also passive solar heat gain. Not only does the sun off...

stove hood bathroom fan central vac
Healthy indoor air quality

Removing dust and moisture from homes

...homes helps keep air healthy for occupants, and helps keep home humidity down. Excess humidity in houses can cause moisture damage, but what is not often consid...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...homes and resilient homes , then the total carbon footprint also comes into play. But regardless of which green countertop you're considering, the final choice ...