Moisture / Guides

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...

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...moisture damage to window frames and wall assemblies. Air leakage causes uncomfortable drafts , but it also allows moisture to pass through walls and condense...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...moisture itself but that the moisture makes it so much harder to get a fire burning at the right temperature. Much of the energy that could be providing heat is...

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...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...moisture control measures, combustion venting, home ventilation, and air filtering. This results in a healthier indoor environment and greater satisfaction, hea...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...moisture damage that solid wood, so take care that any wood or other organic building materials are protected from high humidity or regular exposure to water. ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...moisture from the ground. • Building on high ground eliminates any risk of flooding. • A slab on grade with a frost-protection skirt designed for its specif...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...moisture recovery while providing fresh air Range hood for exhausting cooking pollutants (including ultrafine particles) Bathroom fans to manage moisture an...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...moisture build up in walls which can lead to mould and rot. We recently had a chance to try out a product that at first sounds too good to be true, but one th...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...moisture has left, and in the same manner that we build above ground where walls can dry to the exterior. By sealing moisture sensitive materials (wood and fi...