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Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...mold and bacteria forming. So, here we want to help you find which pallets are safe to reuse for building so you don’t unknowingly contaminate the air quality in the home . How to finding safe shipping pallets for building The first indication if a pallet is wise to reclaim for building or best left alone, is how c...

stove hood bathroom fan central vac
Healthy indoor air quality

Removing dust and moisture from homes

Removing source contaminants and moisture from homes helps keep air healthy for occupants, and helps keep home humidity down. Excess humidity in houses can cause moisture damage, but what is not often considered is that added energy consumption involved, as heating moist air requires significantly more energy than h...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...mold spores from forming and affecting indoor air quality . © Ecohome Melamine, typically on particle board, can be high in VOCs and formaldehyde . And even though it's a common kitchen and bathroom building material, it's quite susceptible to heat and moisture damage. Look into plywood cabinets for improve...

Which House Plants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...mold and mildew, and due to the natural stack effect of air flow, mold spores from your basement will find their way into the upper floors of your home. The first step to dealing with basement humidity is to get a dehumidifier and try to keep the Relative Humidity level (RH) to below 50%. See our pages on why basemen...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...mold or mould ). The second principle is to optimize and balance energy gains by, for example, strategically placing the windows. The goal is to optimize solar heat at key moments of the day while avoiding the building becoming a furnace once the setting sun reaches deep into the house (balance). Choosing the right w...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...mold and rot from moisture & humidity. Cost of wood siding: $8 to $20 per square foot installed, depending on type of wood, style and the complexity of the job. Expected siding lifespan: Durability of 40 to 55 years if the wood siding is regularily & carefully maintained Note: There are companies that offer pre...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...mold, structural failures, and other catastrophes. Or more succinctly: nice but not infrequently pains-in-the-ass. We were once told that my partner’s repeated emails about tiny gaps in the foam under our foundation, which turned out to be a non-issue, cost $200 in project management time. This wouldn’t be the last. Th...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...mold growth. E: What were you most looking for in your new LEED certified home? RS: What we were looking for the most was excellent environmental performance and a healthy living space. We also designed the house with a wheelchair in mind so it can accompany us in our old age. E: Did your work at NRC influence yo...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...mold the sink, the countertop and backsplash out of the same material. Figure on spending between $50 and $120 per square foot, installation included. Visit Alkemi . Recycled aluminum counter tops are an alternative to stainless steel and are also sustainable © Alkemi For more abou...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...mold in the house walls . Straw bale built homes can be beautiful! While loose, dry straw would easily ignite, once compressed into a bale you would have a hard time lighting it on fire. Sandwiched between two layers of plaster, it becomes one of the most fireproof houses you could build. Bugs...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...mold. Basement mockup with raft slab and ICF wall courtesy of Treehugger Mockup of a raft slab with radon/vapour barrier protected between layers of EPS foam © Legalett Read more about Insulated Slab-on-Grade Foundation Form Systems here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides