Mould in homes / Guides

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...inished or not can have a distinct musty smell that indicates a problem. It’s important to determine the source of 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 bathrooms and kitchens not being containe...

Net Zero Energy homes Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...ing constructed using 16” Double stud wood frame achieving an insulation value of R-56. Foundations: All three foundations will be constructed using I CF blocks with an additional interior wall for extra insulation. The result is a foundation with an R-40 insulation value. Windows: Triple pane windows contain...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...incoming air instead of just creating negative pressure and letting cold air find its own way in everytime someone turns on the fan. You won't need to install a bathroom fan of course if you have an intake in there, just be sure to put a timer switch so you and your guests can turn it on. Having an intake in or near ...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...in the building envelope, they begin to adhere to the sides of that opening, gradually sealing the hole. An air seal is thereby created around any openings and cracks in ceilings, walls, windows, plumbing and electrical penetrations. This is an easy way to plug holes in your air barrier that you can’t possibly see - fr...

Hemp fibreboard and Hemp insulation - the Green Building choice
Wood and organic materials

Hemp building supplies

...inge product; rather, it is becoming a more accessible mainstream building product, most notably as hemp-batt insulation , and also hemp boards for cabinetry. Why choose hemp building materials? The growing and harvesting of hemp is a far more sustainable process than harvesting wood for use as building products, d...

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

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...ing the building becoming a furnace once the setting sun reaches deep into the house (balance). Choosing the right windows for a Passive House is key. Heat gain mustn’t be offset by losses caused by badly insulated glass or air leakage due to poor window frame installation (see how to improve window installation for Pa...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

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

...in my bones. For the first time, I was trying to lift something with my own hands, instead of just making relatively easy lifestyle choices or pointing fingers at government. But others still carry most of the weight. Building a sustainable house is our small contribution, and nothing I’d been whining about is as inc...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...ing. Exterior insulation will better protect against foundation cracking and interior moisture damage by eliminating the freeze/thaw cycle that a foundation wall insulated from the inside will experience. Discover how to insulate and build better basements here . Install a sump pump; including a battery backup is a...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...ink you've found what you're looking for, don't forget to make offers conditional on the house passing an inspection by a hired professional. Read more about downsizing homes , evaluating ahome before buying , finding the right neighbourhood ,and everything you need to know about green home renovations and upgrades i...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...ing of shou-sugi-ban that gives it its protection against UV rays. With torrefied wood, some of those advantageous characteristics are lacking; additionally, stains and oils do not adhere to it as well after processing. How to make shou sugi ban wood siding: In order to obtain a consistent-looking final finish you ...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...in combination with air conditioning in homes can rot walls because of the condensation they may cause. This is why if you have a newer home with a vapor barrier, you may be better waiting until the exterior siding needs replacement then installing a continuous rigid panel insulation to the exterior under the finish, a...