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Water efficient Boulevard FloWise toilet from American Standard
Bathrooms

Efficient toilets for LEED homes

...MaP testing (Maximum Performance) came around to rate flush capacity. These toilets rate well above average at 1000 grams, almost 3 times the standard required for Watersense certification. Yes, that means they can handle 1000 grams of cargo, which is more than most people we know can produce. They also have PowerW...

Why Radon maps by state or province shouldn't replace testing

Radon Levels by State & Province - Why a Radon Test is Essential

...maps - levels by State or Province Radon maps show where the risk of radon contamination in homes is the highest, But finding the local risk level on a radon map is not a clear indication of safe or dangerous levels of radon gas in a home. For example, below are official maps of the high-risk radon gas areas in the U...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...maps are different than on others, and they can also indicate fairly abrupt changes from one climate to the other. Since that obviously isn’t how climates and weather patterns behave, if you fall anywhere near a climate zone boundary where it changes from one to another, have a look at a few different climate zone maps...

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

...map developed by the CBC using data from Health Canada outlining the highest risk areas across Canada. Map of high risk areas for radon gas contamination © CBC Testing for radon in the air usually involves a sensor that needs to be left in place for several months; or putting an electr...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...map of where those features are. Plumbing durability and maintenance: electrical wires need to be in conduits under slab foundations to meet building code in most regions (we hope), but putting plumbing lines in conduits is also a good idea; that way, if for any reason at all you need to replace a waterline, you simp...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...map of where those features are. Plumbing durability and maintenance: electrical wires need to be in conduits under slab foundations to meet building code in most regions (we hope), but putting plumbing lines in conduits is also a good idea; that way, if for any reason at all you need to replace a waterline, you simp...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...map to the right) is on the far edge of where this is even possible. Because of his particularly challenging location, Alain's heat strategy goes beyond simple insulation and into the storage of heat. This is achieved passively through placing thermal mass in the path of the sun to capture the day's heat, which is la...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...map of the US and Canada that was developed in the early 2000s used existing data to develop and update minimum building codes and create guidelines for more sustainable and resilient house construction. As valuable and helpful as that is, extreme weather events are more common and severe now, with doubled precipitatio...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...map for North America & Canada What problems can frost heaving cause? The pressure of frost heaving can crack basement walls - especially when built of CMU or brick - or with the lifting forces of frost heave caused by " adfreezing ," which occurs when soil freezes to the surface of a foundation. The heaving pr...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...map - thanks to Air Venting Solutions

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...map of North American locations and their targets is housed on the PHIUS website, but here’s a little snapshot: Passive House certification comparisons between PHIUS & PHI standards in different climate zones * PHIUS and PHI calculate living space somewhat differently. PHI calculates Treated...