Testing / Guides

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...testing, as well as to program application processes, toxicity limits and acceptance for certification. The GREENGUARD certification procedure identifies interior products and materials with low chemical and particle emissions. Being GREENGUARD certified provides assurance to consumers that products designed for use ...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...testing ) an interest-free loan of up to $40,000 to help homeowners and landlords pay for retrofits A Net Zero Homes Grant of up to $5,000 to help people buy newly built homes that are certified zero-emissions A $100 million investment in skills training, to ensure there are enough qualified workers to keep up wi...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...testing value] [email protected] [North American value] [ACH stands for Air Changes per Hour. Pa stands for Pascals, measuring the pressure difference between inside and outside of the house. Testing is done at 50 Pascals to simulate wind pressure on the outside of the house. The R2000 standard for airtightness is [email protected]

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

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...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. Testing is better d...

Choosing between OSB or Plywood for house sheathing for Roofs, Walls & Floors.
Wood and organic materials

Which is better, OSB or Plywood for Roofs, Walls & Floors?

...testing so all we can do is report on the conclusions of others. With an absence of consensus among researchers, we will start off with the general conclusions that all parties agree on - plywood is more vapour permeable than OSB. Plywood will absorb moisture quicker than OSB, but consequently it will also dry quicke...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Project Canada
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...testing, inspections and overall quality assurance that are an essential part to ensuring the integrity of net zero energy housing. The minimum envelope requirements of the 2014 R-2000 Standard will be applied in order to ensure the envelope and other long-term elements are well addressed before renewable energy tech...

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Interior design and furnishing

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...testing that may open the door to alternatives. Finding healthier furnishings: This, unfortunately, is not an easy feat. The old adage of 'buy local' may help you here; look for products made with natural materials such as wool, cotton and jute. You could also check with manufacturers to determine the nature of the...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...testing and approval! Emmanuel Cosgrove, a co-founder of Ecohome and the Director of our French counterpart in Quebec, Ecohabitation, says: "we always recommend window repair rather than replacement due to a poor return on the ecological and financial cost, and this is one of the best advancements in window performan...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...testing must be done pre-occupancy and after nine months of occupancy to measure levels of Respirable Suspended Particulates (RSP) and Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC). 10) Biophilia: The project must be designed to include elements that nurture the innate human attraction to natural systems and processes. E...

Preventing radon gas in homes starts with testing for radon - the only sure way
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Radon Gas Awareness - Up to 10% of North American homes tested have unsafe radon levels

...Testing Radon in Homes in Canada - Order Online Here Below are links to help you have your air tested for radon gas concentrations, as well as techniques for radon prevention in new homes and mitigation techniques in existing homes that tested above safe levels. This page highlights the importance of Preventing...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...testing or simulation, not done in-house. • Choose the most appropriate window material and design, see here for info • Remember that the product should be very airtight. Otherwise, the energy saved in heat transfer will be lost through air leakage. • Be careful to select glazing with a high coefficient of visibl...