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LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...inum certification for their home in Labelle, in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec and EcoHome took a look. LEED is a point-based green building rating system, so we must emphasize the exceptional performance of this house modeled by Ecohabitation, particularly in the following categories: 1. Indoor Environmental Qu...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...insurance companies and can be reflected in your premiums. Basements can also be susceptible to Radon gas infiltration , so to learn how to prevent Radon gas levels being high in homes, see here - or to specifically find out how to remove Radon gas form basements and crawl spaces, see here . Health, durability and co...

Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...ing indoor moisture and the hidden moisture within basement wall assemblies will control the growth of indoor mold. According to the EPA , indoor relative humidity (RH) in homes should be kept below 60 percent - ideally between 30 percent and 50 percent, In addition to preventing mold forming, maintaining the correct...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...ing inspectors who are not accustomed to seeing a wall without a vapour barrier and may not allow you to continue. Radon gas prevention and remedial insulation in basements © Ecohome Note: the above diagram shows an ideal and complete basement renovation beginning with breaking and removing the existing concret...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...in the ‘air gap’ void. In fact, you're as likely to get condensation on new windows as old windows, and new windows may even increase condensation, since they should reduce draughts in the home. That said, condensation on the inside of windows is something we should try to reduce, since it can damage window frames. I...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...inclusion of intelligent thermostats could mean a savings of 10 to 20% on your heating bill, and about the same in summer with home-cooling costs. Those are not insignificant savings, and even though a system may at first seem costly, you will often recoup your money in as little as 2 years. Most homes already includ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...in the future. And it should go without saying, but be sure to make a clear map of where those features are. Plumbing durability and maintenance: electrical wires need to be in conduits under slab foundations to meet building code in most regions (we hope), but putting plumbing lines in conduits is also a good idea; ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...in the future. And it should go without saying, but be sure to make a clear map of where those features are. Plumbing durability and maintenance: electrical wires need to be in conduits under slab foundations to meet building code in most regions (we hope), but putting plumbing lines in conduits is also a good idea; ...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

...in right into a small pit in the dirt below the membrane and it will absorb back into the ground. Removing radon gas from crawlspaces We highly recommend getting your air tested for radon gas before beginning work to determine if any measures will be needed to protect your air quality. Air contaminated with radon g...

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 ...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...interior insulation, exterior insulation, or ideally, a combination of both. These assemblies have been designed to prevent moisture infiltration over the service life of a building, along with allowing the original moisture contained in building materials to escape without causing damage. Different types of insula...