Humidity / Guides

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...humidity and allows you to cook at lower temperatures. Pressure cookers are the most efficient stovetop vessel and they release virtually no humidity while cooking. Ovens use about 6 times the energy of toaster ovens. Keep that in mind for smaller items. An oven will stay warm for some time so shut it off a bit e...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...humidity levels. Basement dehumidifiers can help keep keep humidity levels manageable. Please see our page on retrofitting existing basements . CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE Exterior insulation only: fiber cement board and parging above grade 4 inches EPS foam drainage matt bituminous dam...

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

...humidity is the number one cause of degredation in North American homes , because as timber is a hygroscopic material, once the lumber in a typical house wall reaches a humidity level greater than 15% the chances of insect or mold attack increase significantly. This should be kept in mind when installing windows & door...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...humidity from the air to condense into droplets then run down and damage window sills as well as drain into walls. Saving on window replacement A common misconception in home renovations is that money can be saved by replacing old windows. In Reality, rarely does the cost of window replacement purely for saving mon...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...humidity. Smoking must be prohibited within the project boundary. Air quality testing must be done pre-occupancy and after nine months of occupancy to measure levels of Respirable Suspended Particulates (RSP) and Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC). 10) Biophilia: The project must be designed to include e...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...humidity at more comfortable levels, along with retaining the added heat energy (known as 'latent heat' that is contained in vapour compared to dry air. The ERV system will continue to offer energy savings in summer months, as removing moisture from exterior air before it is injected into the home makes high temperat...

Hemp insulation products for USA & Canada rolling off the production line
Insulation and soundproofing

Hemp insulation in Canada & USA - insulating naturally is an Eco-friendly alternative

...humidity of your home. Denis Boyer also points out that a well-designed wall insulated with hemp has the advantage of allowing the drying not only of the moisture contained in the structural material at the time of construction, but also of the building envelope in the event of any moisture or water infiltration (inf...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...humidity level? Am I standing, or sitting on something warm, or perhaps something cold? The outdoor temperature may read as the standard room temperature of 20-21°C outside, but if it's cloudy, windy and humid, I'll want a jacket. Conversely, if you give me a wind-sheltered spot in the sun on a 12°C day in March, I'l...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...humidity ; heavier rain fall and in a shorter amount of time ; heavier snow loads; high winds; more frequent and sustained power outages and the migration of harmful insects like termites to new climates. Conclusion: Why we need resilient homes? Recognizing which issues you are most vulnerable to and factoring that...

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...Humidity levels and air flow will not only encourage the drying of paint, but will also speed up the release of VOCs. Depending on these factors, it is estimated that standard latex paint will continue to off-gas for 3 to 5 years after application. Low or Zero VOC paints: You may find paints advertised as ‘low VOC’...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...humidity from inside. And it has to accomplish both these tasks with style, as your choice of siding will be the first thing you see every time you come home, and rightly or wrongly the surface finish is what drives perceptions about the quality of the home. With siding though, it's important to remember that beauty is...