Safe indoor air quality / Guides

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...indoor air quality Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages

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 ...

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

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...air condenses, and by so eliminating mold growth. Quick Fact Check: Eliminating all mold and mold spores indoors is virtually impossible, but controlling indoor moisture and the hidden moisture within basement wall assemblies will control the growth of indoor mold. According to the EPA , indoor relative humidity (R...

Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...indoor air is an increased risk of developing lung cancer." It depends on the average concentration of the gas in the building, of the duration of exposure and smoking. The exposure does not cause other known disorders such special breathing problems or headaches. If ingested, radon is harmless. Protecting air qualit...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...indoor air quality. Hemp fiber natural wall panels - not the most aesthetically pleasing finish but perhaps one of the most sustainable Cork panels as a drywall alternative Cork is a renewable resource, harvested from trees without killing them - and if you're into that MCM vibe, it looks groovy on walls inst...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...indoor air as so many finshed flooring products do, not to mention moldy basements. So those are the “pros”, and I would be remiss if I didn’t share the “cons”. Concrete is hard , and consequently not as comfortable for standing. It’s a good idea to have cushioned mats where you stand frequently, like in the kitc...

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

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

...indoor air quality, and it will satisfy building 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 wi...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...safe indoor-air quality in a home. This is an excellent flooring option for anyone with chemical sensitivities who wants a beautiful and durable eco-friendly floor in their passive solar home - especially as built correctly with sufficient subfloor insulation a concrete slab on grade makes a perfect thermal battery for...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...safe indoor air quality (IAQ). When you are making choices, find out the estimated lifespan and what maintenance is required to keep it in good condition. Just a note, when you read 'FSC wood', that refers to Forest Stewardship Council , an international certification program that promotes the sustainable and respons...

stove hood bathroom fan central vac
Healthy indoor air quality

Removing dust and moisture from homes

...air requires significantly more energy than heating dry air. When using manufactured wood products for cabinetry, ask for formaldehyde-free plywood then at least the dust produced will be more benign to health. To further protect the air quality in your home, choose formaldehyde free cabinetry materials , and healthy...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...safer and healthier jobsite too, which can only be a good thing. And on that topic, read here about how to keep air quality clean during renovations . While we're at it, the other things we really appreciate as a construction team - fresh coffee appearing at meal and break times, and being trusted to get on with the ...