Test / Guides

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...test? Blower door tests are becoming part of many State and Provincial mandatory building codes - the new BC Energy Step Code in British Columbia, Canada is one example. A blower door test is often an essential part of a home audit, we don’t know for sure just yet if it will be part of the free home energy audits pro...

Why Radon maps by state or province shouldn't replace testing

Radon Levels by State & Province - Why a Radon Test is Essential

...test for radon A DIY radon test kit will cost about $40 USD ( compare prices here ), and can be easily purchased online. Professional radon testing offers the most accurate reading, that would be recommended to have done if you have found a high-level with a DIY radon testing kit , that may also be a test you want ...

Drumi the foot pedalled washing machine that makes laundry off-grid oh
Appliances

This foot pedalled washing machine doesn't need electricity and uses very little water.

A typical washing machine can use up to 87 litres of water per load, not to mention its ability to eat up electricity. An efficient Energy Star machine can cut water usage to about 49 litres per load and significantly cut energy usage, but this, the Drumi, will not only wash your clothes without using electricty, it a...

Tru Earth Eco strips laundry detergent reviews
Lifestyle and environment

Tru Earth Eco-Strip laundry soap reviewed as a liquid laundry detergent alternative

...test pricing & availability) and we added some of their eco-friendly laundry detergent strips to an online order we were doing anyway and put them to the test - not really knowing what to expect but also to check for any potential Greenwashing . Are True-Earth laundry strips more eco-friendly than liquid laundry dete...

LEED Homes

Getting Started

...test , where your home is depressurized to test for air leaks. This gives your building team the opportunity to find and repair any problem areas. A minimum performance level is required for certification. 4) Once inspections are completed, the provider files the necessary paperwork with the CaGBC which includes the ...

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

...test the colour compatibility with your selected species of wood by doing a preliminary test on a small piece before starting your whole job.” Non-toxic wood floor finishing oil © Livos Livos has an extensive product catalogue; the following is a short list of some that interested us for interior wood finishing...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...test to see how much heat loss there is from air leaks . A blower door test identifies air leaks for repair to make homes more energy efficient. Are energy audits free for Canadians? Energy audits for government green home renovation programs are in some cases free , (free, as in paid for with your tax dollar...

Detergent-free eco friendly Laundry balls
Cleaning and maintenance

Do Laundry balls work?

...tests: I did four tests in all, with 4 washing cycles in normal mode (cold water + ‘colors’), with different materials. My washer is a fairly new Samsung high-efficiency front loader. Test 1. Washing polyester sweaters To my surprise, after washing in a normal cycle at low temperature, the smell of ‘me’ aka – my ...

Plastic in landfill
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Turning Waste Plastic Into useable Fuel

...test were lower than what would be produced by the same test on a natural gas furnace of similar size. John Bordynuik, President & CEO. There is no question that what we are talking about here is still burning fossil fuels. The difference in this case, is that these fossil fuels have effectively seen the end of t...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...test. 11.1 Refrigerant charge test: If your home has an air conditioning system with refrigerants, provide proof of a proper refrigerant charge of the system. Materials & Resources (MR) 1.1 Framing order waste factor limit: Limit the overall estimated waste factor of framing materials to 10% or less, and prov...

Choosing a building lot
Excavation

Things to look for when purchasing land for building a house

...test before approving a project, but a municipality might. If a building lot is not suitable for a traditional basement it may still be possible to build with alternatives, such as slab-on-grade , raft-slabs or screw piles . If a lot can only handle alternative building types, then that should be reflected in the ask...