Moisture / Guides

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...

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...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...moisture damage inside walls. The insulating value of the wall adds up to R48.8 in total, which is about twice that of most provincial building codes. With fr...

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...

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. ...

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...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...moisture causing mold and wood rot deep in the structure. The causes of air pressure differences: The ones you can't control are wind pressure and the stack...