How to prevent mold / Guides

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

...to keep up with that. Vapor control measures that were originally intended to prevent walls from getting wet are now preventing them from drying. We know how to build walls better, but in a lot of cases we are prevented from doing so by regulatory bodies that have not updated codes to reflect better performing building...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...to Radon gas infiltration , so to learn how to prevent Radon gas levels being high in homes, see here - or to specifically find out how to remove Radon gas form basements and crawl spaces, see here . Health, durability and comfort: Despite how common finished basements are, there is a general lack of understanding ...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...tom of framed basement walls © floodsill.com Spacers below bottom plates : Shimming up bottom plates with backer rods or chunks of foam can be an added measure of durability in the event of any interior flooding, by allowing water to pass under walls. Read all about how to Stop Basements Flooding - Flood Pr...

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, viruses
Healthy indoor air quality

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

...to want to endorse them in any way. They do have a reputation for leaving a sooty mess on surrounding surfaces if that's your thing. How to find the best home air filter Don’t spin yourself into a knot reading every page about ‘how to choose the best air filter’, or the half dozen acronyms you’re supposed to rememb...

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?

...to mold and bacteria forming. So, here we want to help you find which pallets are safe to reuse for building so you don’t unknowingly contaminate the air quality in the home . How to finding safe shipping pallets for building The first indication if a pallet is wise to reclaim for building or best left alone, is ho...

Insulated Radiant Floor ICF Foam Forms Heated with Air
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floor slab foam forming systems

...mold to develop. In the fall when systems were activated again, air circulating through dirty and moldy ductwork would distribute particulate and mold spores throughout the home. For Information about the importance of air quality in the home and how to improve it with ERV & HRV Ventilation systems see HERE . During ...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...How much fresh air is enough? How much fresh air comes in through the building envelope? What is the difference between an ERV and an HRV? How to choose between an HRV and an ERV? How much fresh air is required in homes and the best way to provide it are important issues. Energy recovery from ex...

Home made DIY laundry detergent from buckeyes / horse chestnuts
Lifestyle and environment

How to make Eco-friendly DIY laundry soap from Buckeyes / Horse Chestnuts

...How to make DIY laundry detergent from buckeyes - video guide A reminder - Horse Chestnuts are toxic to eat Very important – don’t eat them! They are safe to touch but toxic when consumed by humans. And note, that you are looking for horse chestnuts or buckeyes (Aesculus hippocastanum) which are poisonous to hu...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...toves are a major consumer of home energy. Here are some ways to reduce their consumption: Crock pots and steamers use less energy than stove top cooking. Putting lids on pots reduces home humidity and allows you to cook at lower temperatures. Pressure cookers are the most efficient stovetop vessel and they rel...

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...to prevent rain or snow infiltration into the attic space. An exception to IBC 2012’s ventilation requirements allows the NFVA to be reduced to a minimum of 1:300 so long as 50 to 80 percent of the ventilating area is provided at or near the upper portion of the space being vented or where a vapor retarder is provide...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...to backdraft into your house, which can be of major concern. Poorly balanced HRVs: Heat recovery ventilators (HRV's) need to be professionally balanced in order to keep an even air pressure. Odds are if you haven't had it balanced it is most certainly providing too much or too little air compared to the amount bein...