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Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...tors that will determine how comfortable your home is, or more accurately how much you will have to spend to keep your home comfortable. Understanding R values The R value applied to a material refers to its capacity to resist heat transfer. The R value of most commercially available insulations varies in the range...

What is Interstitial Condensation? (And how to stop it!)
Walls and Roofs

What is Interstitial Condensation in Walls or Roofs? (And how to stop it!)

...how to prevent it , read more below about other home humidity problems and solutions: How to fix and prevent mold in homes Top tips for getting a home ready for winter Frost in attics: what causes attic ice and how to fix it? What causes ice dams & how to fix them And see more Green Buildi...

Wood Combustion - How it works and the different stages
Wood stove and biomass heat

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns & How to get the best heat while being eco-friendly

...to spark them, this leads to raised levels of the kind of emissions we don’t really want to shoot up the chimney and gas passing birds with. We said it before, but we’re going to say it again – first rule of wood burning? Burn Dry Wood! (Oh, and the right wood for maximum heat output too, if you want to get toasty.) ...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...How to spot an Ice Dam on a Roof © Ecohome Ice Dams can cause damage to homes and buildings © Ecohome Now you know what causes Ice Dams and How to Fix Them, find more Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter , Why is there ice in my attic, and how to fix it? and the Best Energy Saving...

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?

...to find out how to improve it if so, or see here for more information on insulating crawlspaces . To learn how to prevent mold in basements, see here – or how to prevent humidity and radon gas in crawlspaces see here . To learn how to build a home on a slab-on-grade foundation which is our preferred option, see here. ...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...how to stay on budget during a construction or renovation project? PR - Obviously it is important to be rigorous in monitoring costs at every stage. It’s not enough to establish a detailed budget – you need to comply with it, and track all the expenses during construction and renovations to ensure that the establishe...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...today and how this technology is being applied throughout Canada and the world. About solar - how it works While the specifics behind solar power are perhaps a bit on the technical side for some homeowners, the basic principles are straightforward and easy to understand. Standard solar panels - or photovoltaics (PV...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...to 30 tons of concrete, releasing between 10 and 30 tons of carbon into the atmosphere. Yes, one ton of concrete results in one ton of green house gas emissions, and it is the most commonly used building material on the planet. So how do we reduce that? Easy – build smaller homes, and homes with less concrete. No mat...

Sorting home recyclable materials at a recycling center
Lifestyle and environment

Why recycling is important, and how to recycle correctly at home

...to reduce your environmental footprint in these pages : How to sort and dispose of compost and household waste Use your kitchen waste as compost to grow food in a backyard lasagna garden How to dispose of construction waste responsibly Where to buy and sell used building materials online F...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...today simply to meet code could be a costly decision in the long-term if you ever want to sell your home, as you may need to perform energy efficiency upgrades (like adding more insulation) before doing so. Better to just do it now! Now you know how to save money by building homes with less lumber, find more ...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...to PM2.5 has been associated with respiratory and cardiac issues. When patients who already have respiratory or cardiac conditions are exposed to PM, their symptoms can worsen. For example, asthma patients may suffer flare-ups. According to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, outdoor particle levels increase t...