Protecting indoor air quality / Guides

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...air. Fresh air often has no scent at all. If scented air is a must at your house, try essential oil diffusers or make your own air spray with a 10 - 20 drops of essential oil diffused in a tablespoon of alcohol mixed into a cup of water. Read here about the impacts of natural fragrances on home air quality. 5.) Open ...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...indoor air quality. Simply due to the rate of air leakage in most buildings, it would be difficult for anything short of an airtight house and a virtual jungle of plants to see a measurable improvement in air quality. However, from a quality of life and design perspective, these make for very cool living rooms. Havin...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...airtight building envelope Buildings benefit from an airtight envelope, since it allows better control over indoor air quality . Airtightness also improves energy efficiency; indoor air leaks waste cooling power during summer and heating power during winter - which is why using HRV and ERV systems is recommended to r...

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, viruses
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 ducts of your home, to protect indoor air quality from being contaminated with airborne particulate. Dust, dirt, and pollen in the air of homes is shown to have n...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

Keep vinyl out of your home (albums excluded of course)

...airs There are a lot of toxic materials in homes and they have a cumulative effect on indoor air quality . We aren't advocating stripping every home to the studs and starting over, but as you make repairs and changes or start a new building project, there are a lot of safer and less ecologically damaging products a...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...Protecting your indoor air quality: Any renovation or building project is exciting, but it can also be exhausting and emotionally taxing. Right at the end when it's time to furnish your new space can be one of the hardest times to stick to your environmental convictions. When you are finally ready to move in, the 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?

...indoor air quality and ventilation Both the EPA & Health Canada recommend healthy Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for the short and long-term health of homeowners and their families. Beyond carefully selecting the materials in a kit home for a healthy interior air quality, we also need to maintain that quality by bringing i...

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Interior design and furnishing

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...protecting indoor air quality with non-toxic interior furnishings and choosing non-toxic building materials in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages at North America's green building website, Ecohome.

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?

...indoor air quality and ventilation Both the EPA & Health Canada recommend healthy Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for the short and long-term health of homeowners and their families. Beyond carefully selecting the materials in a kit home for a healthy interior air quality, we also need to maintain that quality by bringing i...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...air quality, or are simply a future homeowner who cares about lower utility bills, better comfort and protecting their biggest investment. So, minimum code is a lottery, as is buying most new homes in North America - unless that is it's been designed, tested, certified & labeled to a particular standard of Green Home c...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...air barrier . Air leakage can be responsible for as much as a third of energy losses from a home due to hot air escaping through the smallest of holes. Again, having a clean indoor facility can make it easier to accomplish any task effectively, including properly air sealing walls. LEED Platinum prefab Kit house ...