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The difference between air barriers and vapour barriers
Air and vapour barriers

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...air barrier is to stop air leakage through differences in air pressure. A wall system should have one vapor barrier, but can have many air barriers. A vapor bar...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...air to collect. Wherever there is a concentration of warm, humid air in a home there will be an increased rate of heat loss in winter. But the problem doesn't...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...air quality © Health Canada How much fresh air is enough? It is very difficult for humans to detect low levels of contaminants in their air , ev...

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, virus
Healthy indoor air quality

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

...air filters used for? Air filters on air handling units such as furnaces, HRV and ERV systems are intended to clean and purify the air before it enters the du...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...air upward and cool air in at the lower levels. The large skylights and open stair also bring natural light deep into the traditionally dark centre of the hou...

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!"

...air. Houses that are fairly air tight and that have negative air pressure may cause flue gases to backdraft into your house, which can be of major concern. Po...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...air, reducing the velocity of air molecules (i.e. cooling the air). As the molecular vibrations of the ice increases, it breaks the bonds in the lattice, causin...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...air quality, we also need to maintain that quality by bringing in and conditioning the interior air in homes in an energy efficient way. This includes the venti...

Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

...naturally lit environments are healthier, happier and more productive. Natural light can make a long winter much more bearable, but whatever the season, well-pl...

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

Ventilation & air exchangers

...Natural air flow: If you hold a door open a crack in winter, natural convection will draw air in at the bottom, and force it out at the top. Your home will ...

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?

...natural wood planks Formica, laminate Clean indoor air quality and ventilation Both the EPA & Health Canada recommend healthy Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for...