Moisture / Guides

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...

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...

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. ...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...moisture damage than some other materials if not handled and installed properly. But this can be said of many components of a home, and rather than dissuade us ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...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...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

...moisture from exhaust air before it is ejected, adding it to the incoming dry air. In the summer it does the opposite, transferring humidity to the exhaust air ...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...moisture content. Details below. Open fireplaces: An open fireplace in a home is about as inefficient a heat source as can be imagined. While open firepla...

Disposing of old batteries
Kitchens

Waste management: compost and recycling

...moisture content in your compost is an easily rectified problem, but limit the amount of liquids you introduce in the first place. Keep a lid on the composter t...