Safe indoor air quality / Guides

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...air you didn’t have to worry about air quality or mould. After the oil crisis there was pressure to insulate better, so the industry moved to two-by-sixes to get two more inches of wall depth. But every wood stud was still a thermal bridge that continually leaked heat – in nearly every North American home only about tw...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...air of an Earthship, which is a synthetic material derived from petrochemicals that is toxic to humans through long-term exposure. Mike Reynolds says it's safe, but he says a lot of stuff that doesn't add up so I personally would want to see some research on healthy indoor air quality before I spend the rest of my li...

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...safe, non-toxic finishes for wood surfaces and furniture. Learn more about sustainable construction and how to create healthy indoor spaces , all in the Ecohome Building Guide and the following pages: Top ten tips for a longer lasting deck here Natural, food safe, mineral oil wood finish on shelves of big b...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...air quality . Buy pre-finished wood flooring: Fumes from the varnish you apply to a freshly sanded floor will be a lot more noticeable and last longer than wood that comes pre-finished from a manufacturer. Alternatively, we would recommend using a natural floor oil instead. Protecting air quality during renovations...

Dirrtt Environmental Solutions, Green Wall
Lifestyle and environment

Green Business Certification Inc. and Canada Green Building Council Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

...air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. It complements other green building rating systems such as LEED. “As GBCI and CaGBC come together to advance WELL in Canada, we take an important next step in the development of better, healthier buildings across the globe,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...Air-Conditioning Engineers ) is the most respected and authoritative source for interior air quality standards. ASHRAE 62.1 and 2 are the recognized standards for ventilation and indoor air quality (IAQ) . According to the current version of the ASHRAE standard (2013), the calculation for individual homes is as follo...

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

How to find a healthier wood finish

...indoor air quality (IAQ) Whatever floor finish you choose, different products will have different impacts on your home air quality and the planet. Like paints, floor finishes will contain varying levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), or if you're a really shrewd shopper, none at all - see here for an article o...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...Air sealing between floors to stop radon: If you have extremely high levels of radon, the Radostat and HRV option may work well , but might not bring you to completely safe levels. Due to the stack effect of warm air rising , basement air will always find its way to upper floors to balance pressure as warm air escape...

DIY Natural Earth Pigment Paint, Making it at Home is Easy
Healthy indoor air quality

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...air quality in your home . Every room in my conventional, drywalled home is painted with a natural clay paint that's easy to make, economical, and gives a beautiful, soft, adobe-like look. I get compliments from all my guests! Shop for non toxic natural pigment paints here Aside from the aesthetics of natural paint...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...indoor air quality , read about green kitchens here , in the EcoHome Green Building Guides for Sustainable construction .