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

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...test source of moisture to contend with above grade is the warm, humid air generated by cooking, washing and simply breathing. Below grade, it is that big porous sponge called concrete that is sucking up water from the wet ground. A different problem demands a different solution - wearing a raincoat will keep you dry...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...test drive. We were already planning on building an ecologically responsible, super-efficient, passively-heated house, so we reckoned that much of the LEED program requirements would be happening anyway in this build - but it was interesting how the new LEED V4 approach involved more integrative processes. This require...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...test model for EcoHome, we took the opportunity to try out the following high efficiency heating options so we can measure their efficiency and write about them, but chances are your kit home will only need one of these heat sources: An air-heated radiant floor system from Legalett with an estimated 60-70% of the t...

What to do with old coffee grounds
Lifestyle and environment

Here is what old coffee grounds are good for - including skin care !

...test it in an inconspicuous place first just to be sure you’re happy with the results. Use coffee grounds to clean dirty hands Asser Christensen, a coffee expert and founder of The Coffee Chronicler, a website dedicated to specialty coffee states, “The enzymes in the coffee help to break down fat, and the surface a...

DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Wood and organic materials

Two new options of mass timber panels

...test results have so far not been made available, so we temporarily hold our recommendation and will update this page when that information is obtained. They require more glue than CLT, so by weight the lifecycle footprint is less appealing than CLT These products are supposed to be available by the end of 2017 a...

Ontario climate change action plan
Grants and incentives

Ontario announces ambitious climate change action plan to reduce emissions

...tests to measure air leakage will be part of home energy rating © Ecohome Grants for homeowners to invest in solar and geothermal systems Financial incentives for the purchase of energy efficient houses Establishing a mandatory energy rating for homes (fear not homeowners, inspection budgets will be paid...

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

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...tested. A radon testing kit is not very expensive and should be available through your municipality, state, or via a reputable radon testing kit brand online . You usually need to put a radon testing unit on each floor of your house and forget about it for a few months; then send it to the lab to learn the results. Tes...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...test © Tesla Our reservations: For now, our reservations come mostly from a lack of information. Amid the media buzz there was no mention of price, which is never great news for consumers when a product launch fails to include a price tag. Will this be like the high-priced Tesla Model S that is very popular...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...test of their ability to withstand humidity has been going on since the early 2000s in the UK, where Chris helped a company named Modcell develop this system. The climate in Great Britain is notoriously damp and yet they have had great success with their straw bale buildings. This should help alleviate concerns that ...

Which Houseplants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which houseplants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...Test systematically for radon , and if initial tests prove positive take radon mitigation measures and install a SMART radon tester and alarm for complete peace of mind. Choose the right air filter for your home with the appropriate MERV rating. Home air quality is a growing issue as homes become more energy effici...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet?

...test and greatest green technologies that will save the planet. This is great to see, but the waters of sensible change will no doubt be muddied along the way by some failed attempts, some questionable claims, and perhaps even a little snake oil! We found the PowerPod compact home wind turbine on a Kickstarter campai...