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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...install them only. Don't have your engineer install a system, and don't have your installer engineer a system. Leaving the heating system design in the hands ...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...windows and when to repair them How to choose the best windows Everything you need to know about planning a sustainable green renovation or new buil...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...install, so a last minute upgrade was done during installation. According to the energy modeling that we did after the house was complete, it turns out that R...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...windows, face as many of them south as you can to gain heat, and install heavy duty insulation to keep that free heat. Further to that, the house is powered b...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

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Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...installed if you are doing an exterior air barrier, or you can wait until the drywall is completely installed and mudded. Another advantage of this product is...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...installer) is that there is a great temptation for installation contractors to tinker with the chemical mix a bit, giving it more volume with less material, whi...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...windows on the South side, and because of their poor Rvalue we installed shutters on the outside of the windows. The large windows on the main floor had elect...

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

All about painting brick, is it a good idea and what paint to use?

...Windows when Renovating or How to install siding so walls can dry , visit the Green home building guide pages at Ecohome.net, North America's trusted green buil...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...Installation involves excavating trenches (at least 300 feet of them), rather than digging a well. Horizontal systems can be cheaper to install but require a ...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...install siding so walls can dry How to install windows properly in high-performance walls Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Gre...