Testing / Guides

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...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...testing between a screen collector and a pop can collector showed that the screen collector did provide more heat, read more here. How much heat can solar air heaters provide? That depends on a lot of variables: Solar Panel size: This will determine the volume of air you can condition and the output temperature. ...

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...

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...

Carbon Offset Schemes - Whale Poop leads Nature's Own Way
Lifestyle and environment

Save the Whale's (Poop) - Save the Planet !! (And $2m per Whale)

...testing 7-100% algae biofuel on Maersk Kalmar as a pilot scheme, then from 2007-2014 by optimizing ship speeds, Maersk Line reduced its CO2 emissions by 40% or 11 million tons, about the same reduction as the rest of Denmark. Maersk also set a goal in December 2018 to be carbon neutral by 2050, though as a consequenc...

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...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...testing information available we're not comfortable making claims as to how well this or any other such products work, how long they will continue to work, and whether or not it is cost-effective. But we really love the concept. There seem to be a few other manufacturers supplying phase change drywall, but none in No...

Smart Homes, Technology & UV can Help Reduce COVID-19
Cleaning and maintenance

Keep homes cleaner & safer with smart home features & UV light

...testing devices for viruses allow rapid on-site and accurate verification of coronavirus infection, the cleaner we can keep the surfaces in our homes, the less we risk virus transmission amongst those we share them with. It is essential to keep touched surfaces in homes clean to avoid spreading the virus to our kids,...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

...testing shows that EPS foam acts as a vapour barrier (1 perm) at 2 inches or thicker. Rock wool insulation batts on basement walls © Ecohome Rock wool (mineral wool) boards are an alternative product you can use and they are made from recycled stone dust, so it does not burn and does not need to be covered for ...

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?

What is a blower door 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...

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...testing were not declared by manufacturers. In a comparative study of the reported and unreported components of six room fragrances, more than 90% were not reported and yet their percentage in the formulation was substantial (over 75%) [9] . It boils down to a 'buyer beware' environment with the responsibility being ...