Moisture / Guides

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...moisture but leave it still coated on the north side - again, not a problem unless the ice starts to build up. Many homes in the northern parts of the US and ...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...moisture in the air, more turbulent air, and consequently more violent and unpredictable storms. For example, this month in Anchorage Alaska (Jun/Jul 2019), tem...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...moisture so that the problem can be addressed. It can often be due to insufficient insulation resulting in condensation, improper vapour seals, or water in bath...

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!
Landscaping

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...moisture, so they can greatly reduce watering and garden irrigation. An added bonus is that a natural lawn without chemical fertilizers attracts the right kin...

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...

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...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...moisture. What is often omitted from the equation that determines the overall efficiency of a building is the embodied energy of the materials that make up it...

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...