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Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...mold, or perhaps hosting insects and rodents , compared to non-organic products such as rigid foam insulation boards, Rockwool or spray foam insulation to name a few examples. Some natural insulations are better suited to slip into the more ‘mainstream’ yet ‘green home leaning’ building industry than others, which ar...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...mold forming on drywall where the roof and wall meet. The inside of kitchen cupboards can be a tell-tale sign as well – since the air in kitchens is often more humid and cupboards are closed with little air movement, condensation can form on the walls in the back of cupboards. Whether or not you have indentified an i...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...mold, pet dander, and dust. These can cause a variety of adverse health effects including allergies, asthma and respiratory illnesses. LEED rewards builders for taking steps to reduce or eliminate many of these pollutants. Air quality is improved through design features, material choices, moisture control measures, c...

Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Larsen truss wall systems with double-stud construction & extra insulation for new homes & energy efficient home renovation

...mold in drywall . For more about Larsen Truss walls, read about passive house wall design here , in the EcoHome Green Building Guides

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?

...mold formation. Energy recovery air exchanger : Allows for a high level of heat and moisture recovery while providing fresh air Range hood for exhausting cooking pollutants (including ultrafine particles) Bathroom fans to manage moisture and prevent the risk of mold growth Central vacuum removes dust and help...

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!"

...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 effect, also known as 'chimney effect'. Wind creates either positive or negative air pressure on a particular side of a building, forcing air in on some sides and forcing it ...

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

...mold attack increase significantly. This should be kept in mind when installing windows & doors in stud walls and it's a little more complicated than sticking on flashing or basic tape, liberally applying the silicone sealant or squirting in the ubiquitous can of "not so" Great Stuff to make a connection that is neithe...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...mold in walls in cold climates . In a really leaky house, a tube of caulking might even pay for itself in a day or two. On a windy day check for drafts around windows and doors, and see where your efforts are best spent. Pay particular attention to deadbolt and door lock striker plate holes running into the wall cavity...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...mold when you insulate your basement to make sure it is done well. For any other questions, check out our green building guide pages , and if you don’t find what you are looking for ask an expert on our discussion forum ! This new Energy Efficiency Home Renovation Incentive is one of many programs that can help homeo...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...Mold by finishing basement walls correctly Raise wood-framed basement walls and any wood-framed floor structure off the ground by resting them on foam blocks. Even though it still happens in almost every tract home basement, do not install interior vapour barriers on basement walls; this will trap moisture and caus...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...mold; this process is known as thermosetting. Melamine-based thermoset materials contain cross-linked polymers, which make the fixed molds strong and durable. Usually formulated with fillers and pigments, melamine resins can be molded into dishes, containers, utensils, handles, and the like or used as laminating agents...