Moisture / Guides

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...moisture. An HRV uses the heat in stale exhaust air to warm incoming fresh air. Until now, this has meant a centralized heat transfer core and a network of duct...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...moisture levels in a home Here is one of the benefits of hemp and grass insulation – they both have the ability to safely store higher levels of moisture than...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...moisture and air infiltration, but it is also used for aesthetics. The little gaps at the top of baseboards or at corners and joints used to be left as is, but ...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...moisture content, so it isn't just about a potential heave over the winter; a deck built on clay can be susceptible to movement depending on rainfall, if it goe...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...moisture that will condense on it. Don't mistake that for meaning heat up there is a good thing; raising the temperature of the glass should come from having a ...

Keyhole Garden
Landscaping

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...moisture is delivered alongside nutrients as the organic matter layered into the bed breaks down. All of this also amounts to less time being needed to maintain...

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

...moisture that can be hidden within the wall framing or insulation and causing problems later. Moisture & more specifically humidity is the number one cause of...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...moisture or put in an environment where they were able to dry. Houses were poorly or completely uninsulated and they devoured the cheap energy that was availabl...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...moisture and other contaminants, and stain easily. It will also endlessly release dust into the air through any contact with it. Silicate densifiers are, in t...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...moisture that you sense when sitting near the wall only adds to the experience of living surrounded by a lush tropical forest. Ambient humidity has not been a p...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...moisture that passes through it, and it is given a rating. Any material that allows less than 60NG (nanograms) of moisture to pass through under specific condit...