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

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...mold down in your crawlspace or basement too, wear a mask and take this into account in specifying your radon mitigation solution. Preventing mold when finishing a basement is possible, read here to find out how. Radon in Crawlspace floors that won’t be insulated: A radon barrier needs to be installed to seal off t...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...To discover how to choose the best windows for your house, see here or see here to know which type of window frame to choose between wood, aluminum or PVC / Vinyl Members get great Discounts - sign up today... Top Tips: For Well Fitted & Sealed Windows & Why It's Important: Attention to Detail is essential ...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...to controll the interior humidity of a home to prevent mold formation. Energy recovery air exchanger : Allows for a high level of heat and moisture recovery while providing fresh air Range hood for exhausting cooking pollutants (including ultrafine particles) Bathroom fans to manage moisture and prevent the ris...

What to do with old coffee grounds
Lifestyle and environment

Here is what old coffee grounds are good for - including skin care !

...to dry as usual. Some even say doing this may also add smoothness and shine to your pet’s coat, but currently there is little to no research to support either of these claims as my cat is far too fast for me to try this on. NOTE - Coffee grounds should only be used externally. They can be toxic to dogs if consumed so...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...to controll the interior humidity of a home to prevent mold formation. Energy recovery air exchanger : Allows for a high level of heat and moisture recovery while providing fresh air Range hood for exhausting cooking pollutants (including ultrafine particles) Bathroom fans to manage moisture and prevent the ris...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...to come by, along with manufactured pressed-wood logs that can be found at most hardware stores. Manually-operated pellet stoves: Most pellet stoves require power to feed the hopper. You could rig up a small PV solar panel to run it; optionally, there are a couple of models of pellet stove that don't use electric tha...

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

Burning the right firewood for maximum heat output and minimum environmental impact

...tove or fireplace for the most eco-friendly way to burn wood for heat and be sure to maintain your stove or fireplace for optimal combustion. Buying the right stove in the first place allows us to run them at the optimum efficiency level while giving the level of heat required to heat the home - it's a balancing act, t...

ICF Block Construction - The Definitive History of ICFs from 1932 to 2022 © R j
Concrete and masonry

The definitive history of ICF blocks and ICF construction

...tory of Plastic foam ICF's ICF blocks aren't made of styrofoam Who invented foam ICF construction blocks? Which was the first ICF block construction? What happened next in the history of ICFs? The History of ICFs Timeline The History of ICF Blocks To start, we are going to look at the history of...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

...to empty it regularly it will stop working. The volume of water that will be produced by a dehumidifier is not so great in quantity that it necessarily needs to be directed to a drain, which likely won't even exist in a crawlspace. You can have it set it up to drain right into a small pit in the dirt below the membra...

Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...to R13 or even lower, depending on the amount of studs. The true or 'effective' R value of a wall is further impacted by the quality and amount of windows you install. If you ran an energy simulation model to find out how well a wall would perform but you neglected to calculate thermal bridges, you would be trying to...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...to whether or not this poses a significant risk to health doesn't seem to be based on any hard facts or testing. We'd be really interested to find any verifiable sources for EPS chemical off-gassing testing - if you find any please post them to the comments section below - as we are starting to think that EPS foam may ...