Moisture / Guides

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...moisture damage. If you are pouring a basement floor but don't intend to finish it right away, consider installing radiant floor tubing as a future heat source....

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

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

...moisture and thermal protection, and unfinished basements are cheaper to upgrade as you don’t have the demolition costs and material disposal to consider. If ...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 7 tips for growing food in small spaces

...moisture directly to the bed. Certainly an efficient way to grow, keyhole gardens can be constructed with many different materials as a quick Google search of t...

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

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...moisture damage. These houses were said to 'breathe', but that would be like breathing through your skin instead of through your nose. In a cold climate zone,...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...moisture that can run down the frame and glazing and damage parts of the structure or furnishings. Solariums; The experience of an expert: Ecohome’s enginee...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...moisture removal. The installation of a ventilation system powered by solar panels is planned for the future. Growing season: At present, it is used for a lit...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Landscaping, outdooring & urban farming

...moisture levels that they aren't used to, forcing us to fertilize or turn on the taps simply to keep them alive. Plants adapted to their own regions not only sa...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...moisture properly. This is pretty much the definition of an Earthship in the way it would perform in Canada. Growing food in a cold-climate greenhouse creates...

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...