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Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...indoors is virtually impossible, but controlling indoor moisture and the hidden moisture within basement wall assemblies will control the growth of indoor mold. According to the EPA , indoor relative humidity (RH) in homes should be kept below 60 percent - ideally between 30 percent and 50 percent, In addition to pre...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

...indoor plumbing in the form of a composting toilet, a rainwater collection system, and a single 120-watt solar panel to provide electricity. The class has dubbed the structure OTIS (Optimal Traveling Independent Space). The class of 16 students challenged itself to design and build a living space with enough room ...

Healthy Home Offices - Natural Biophilic Design Ideas
Interior design and furnishing

How do you create a healthy home office? With Biophilic Interior Design

...indoor air filters, that simply isn’t the case as you would need a veritable jungle in your living room to have such an effect. So, keep plants for the aesthetic and mood enhancing aspects, but don’t count on it to clean air. Read more here to find out if plants clean indoor air quality . Growing food plants indoors ...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...indoor and outdoor environments. In fact, the indoor temperature varied at most by one degree Celsius during the winter, while humidity remained constant at 48%, highlighting the superb efficiency and performance of the house. In short, all this made me very proud of my company ". LEED Platinum prefab kit home © Ro...

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...indoors (counting both home and work), it is essential that we work to ensure clear indoor air quality. Contrary to what many people believe, indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air. How is inside air worse that outside air? The air you breathe inside originates outside, coming in through air leaks, wind...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...indoor air-change rate required for the health of occupants. Higher quality filters are available (MERV 9-10), which can prevent pollen and dust from contaminating indoor air. Energy efficiency : The system has a high heat recovery, and performance is not dependant on the quality of duct installation. Operational c...

Celsius Solar Igloo
Solar thermal collectors

Celsius: The solar heated igloo!

...indoor environment in contrast to the icy cold from the outside. Again, the Celsius solar igloo can be visited at Igloofest, at the Quai Jacques-Cartier in the Old Port of Montreal until Sunday, February 19th. To learn more about : • Nordik Village of the Igloofest L. McComber - living architecture ...

Students at New Frontiers School Board to build LEED home to be donate
LEED Homes

Quebec carpentry students to build LEED house for Habitat for Humanity

...indoor air quality , easy maintenance and comfort, all in one affordable little package. Their other big challenge is Quebec union building laws. Unlike most other provinces, to get on a building site in Quebec you need to be certified and part of a union, two things their students are not. So the majority of this wo...

Passive House design Vancouver
Passive House

The city of Vancouver is actively promoting Passive House construction

...indoor temperatures and mitigate the heat-island effect • interior design and the use of thermal mass to facilitate passive-heating strategies • climate specific design: insulation, waterproofing, soundproofing, air barriers and vapour control • high efficiency windows • natural and mechanical ventilation Tra...

The Fun Box
Tiny house

The Fun Box! Solar, wind and human powered luxury living

...indoor and outdoor living space © Le Vertendre A huge bay window gives you an incomparable view of the surrounding nature, which can also be enjoyed from the large bath on wheels rolled out on the terrace. It comes equipped with an entertainment system, pedal away on the stationary bike and watch all you want...

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...indoor spaces , all in the Ecohome Building Guide and the following pages: Top ten tips for a longer lasting deck here Natural, food safe, mineral oil wood finish on shelves of big box stores How to make DIY non toxic paint here Where to buy and choose safe zero VOC paints Choosing zero-fo...