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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?

...install an air barrier , airtight window installation , how to choose a weather resistant barrier (WRB) , or subscribe to our YouTube channel to see our DIY Gre...

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...

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 ...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...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...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...windows. Mice can be put off by certain strong smells, so if you can find what appears to be an entrance point but aren’t sure you can successfully block it, ...

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

Off grid and passively heated, this house in Low, Quebec is aiming 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...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...windows and acts as a heat collector and greenhouse where food is produced all year. ***** That's all great stuff, and it seems to work fine in New Mexico...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing down it down & rebuilding?

...windows when renovating a home: Windows will likely need replacing if you are considering a rebuild or tear-down of your home . They don’t last forever, and i...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...install an interior polyethylene vapour barrier. Since we build outside with wet materials, buildings start out wet. Over their service life they will continual...

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...

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

...windows and keeping passengers warm. Very hot weather will also reduce range as running the A/C will use power, and opening the windows will create drag and red...

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