Natural air conditioning / Guides

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...air conditioners is blown into the street making air conditioning units another big player in pushing up urban temperatures. If you either want to (or have to...

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

The Difference between air barriers and vapour 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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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?

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

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...

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

Balancing air pressure in a house: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...air conditioning. Negative air pressure in summer will draw air in and increase either your cooling costs or your discomfort. There is also a minor durability...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...air into your home. Heat pumps are also quite versatile; they can be used to heat incoming air from the outside, or as an air-to-water heat pump for generating ...

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