Reducing home noise / Guides

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

Ventilation & air exchangers

...home and drawing in cold air from the bottom to replace it. How much air will be changed depends on how well-sealed your home is. While natural convection will offer a certain amount of new air, with most new homes it just isn't sufficient. Properly sealed homes require mechanical ventilation systems to remove moistu...

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!"

...home efficiency score. And put lids on pots! Your water will boil faster and emit less water vapour, reducing condensation . Central vacuums : Efficient central vacuum systems with hepa filtration certainly have their benefits in terms of convenience, reduced noise, and not ejecting airborne particles into homes. H...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity and when looking for heating zero energy homes , is that as the percentage of electricity generation by renewable sources increases, so does your heating system by default reduce it's carbon footprint. Electric heat sources: Heating with electricity is not defined by just noisy baseboard heaters or an electri...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...noise and air pollution in a neighbourhood where each of a thousand homes runs a gasoline generator to provide ¼ of their required power. Resilient home design and survivability Some homeowners seek autonomy from shared resources as a manner of ensuring the survivability of their homes in the face of grid failure; ...

Understanding sound transmission in homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Understanding sound transmission in buildings

...home. The amount of noise you hear in your home depends on the amount of noise your neighbour makes, the sound-transmitting properties of the building, and the level of background noise present in your own home. All three factors are important. For example: a quiet neighbour may make you think you have good sound...

Techniques for reducing sound transmission in buildings
Insulation and soundproofing

Controlling sound transmission in buildings

...noise from the neighbour, the sound attenuation between the homes, the background noise in the homes, and the sensitivity of the occupants. Are there any obvious faults? To get the maximum attenuation from a wall or floor, there should be no unnecessary penetrations or leaks. A small hole in a wall can seriously de...

Installing soundproofing batts in interior partition walls
Insulation and soundproofing

Soundproofing interior walls-video which don't sacrifice quality of life is ensuring that they are designed to make the best use of their space no matter how limited. However, you must also ensure that there is sufficient privacy by eliminating unwanted sound transmission through walls. In this way, smaller homes can give the illusion of greater d...