Test / Guides

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...test done by our Quebec office Ecohabitation shed some light on modern water saving fixtures. The consensus is that you can't actually tell the difference between a 9.5 lpm and a high quality 6.6 lpm showerhead. So with comfort and cleanliness out of the way, let’s run the numbers. Calculations are based on the consu...

LEED Silver mid-rise in Gatineau, QC.
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Sustainable building practices create prosperous communities

...test scores, accelerating patient recovery rates, improving worker productivity and slashing energy bills. These claims were made ahead of last month's World Green Building Week, an annual event that brings together sustainable development leaders from all over the globe. The aim of the event is to demonstrate ho...

Why build LEED?
LEED Homes

Why build LEED?

...test of independent third party inspections. For building homes on spec and putting them on the market, LEED is a recognized brand that signifies sensible building practices and a healthier, better performing product. Research shows LEED certified homes sell for approximately 8% higher than non-certified homes and sp...

The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes
HRV and ERV

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

...tested and discovered that the radon levels in the basement were significantly higher than Health Canada’s recommended safe levels. Despite having an air exchanger for the upper living areas, the natural stack effect of warm air rising means that air from the basement will find its way to the upper floors. Three week...

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

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...test, because you may find it light enough once it has dried. Step 3: Use a paint mixer attachment on a drill to mix. Add water to achieve the desired consistency. Mixing eco-friendly natural paint is done most evenly by using a paddle in an electric drill Step 4: Add Borax to preven...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...testing was only conducted with the system operating in heat pump mode, not with the electric resistance boiler. The Living City Campus where testing was conducted is in the Greater Toronto Area, sort of a middle ground climate for Canada. Model simulations for five major Canadian cities showed that both technologies c...

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

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

...Test for Radon & install Mitigation if called for - because it's better to be safe than sorry Renovate using the best practices for mold free basements as oulined above Ventilate using a HRV or ERV, because let's face it - fresh air improves any Man Cave! Further reading for basement mold prevention: How to...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...test so soon did you ?? heh heh … Here is a page on thermal bridges: what they are and how to break them in buildings But for those not clicking their homework assignments, here’s a quick summary – metal is a conductor, and when you have metal that passes from one side of a wall to the other, you have a thermal bri...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...tested Aerobarrier ourselves: Ecohome’s French counterpart Écohabitation is in the process of moving to new office space in an older building, and when a blower door test was performed during renovations, a very leaky rate of 8.1 ACH was recorded. This presented an opportunity to test Aerobarrier that looked so pro...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...tested to the same standards as other heat recovery ventilators. This is one of the points of quantifying the actual energy efficiency of the product. The current efficiency of the product is tested according to European standard (DIN 308 / DIBt protocol) and it would be beneficial to establish the same testing protoco...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...test to follow), a persistent bio-accumulative chemical found in EPS and XPS that is connected to a disturbing amount of human health issues. Avoiding thermal bridges: When one section of a wall conducts heat much quicker than another, we refer to it as a thermal bridge , and that can greatly reduce the overall R v...