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Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...VOC paint; 2x4 stud wall at 24 centres as wiring chase, with mineral wool batts R 14; polyethylene air/vapour barrier; 2x8 stud wall at 24" centres with mineral wool batts R 28; 1"1/4 exterior mineral wool board R5; plywood sheathing; house wrap; strapping; cement board siding. The ceiling is a mix ...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...VOC paint, for a drywalled ceiling you’d be looking at an approximate installed cost of $3,200. That’s only a difference of about $400, which given that this is an estimate, your cost to install either material could change in price by that very amount, making them pretty much about the same price. Wood v drywall cei...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...VOC Paints and sealants (Volatile Organic Compounds) Radon venting Merv 11 air filters Formaldehyde-free cabinetry Co² detectors No PVC Coal and UV water filtration Automated moisture control Automated ventilation of hydrogen emissions from PV system batteries Durable: A mo...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

Water and moisture wreak havoc on homes, affecting function, durability and our health. Given that kitchens and bathrooms are the main source of humidity, we need to put extra thought into designing these rooms so they consume less, last longer, and help us maintain healthier homes. Durable water resistant surfaces wi...

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?

...VOC) Wood cabinet doors are zero-VOC and are covered with anti-stain laminate ENERGY STAR® Appliances Chosen Non-Toxic Kitchen Materials Brands : Cosentino kitchen countertops Program workshop, counter Columbia Forest Product, Plywood Boxes + Cabinets Formica, laminate on doors of cabinets + cabinets ...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...VOC paints. You can also install LED or compact fluorescent bulbs , caulk and foam any gaps, and cover your windows with plastic in winter. These upgrades don’t necessarily have to cost you a lot, you could also consider talking to the landlord about footing the bill for material costs. More and more people are inqui...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...VOC paints FSC Certified engineered hardwood floors Building life cycle considerations: The home features a secondary suite that is currently used for student housing but in the future could be used for aging family members, or the current homeowners when their children and their families live in the home. Educ...

Healthy indoor air quality

The impact of ambient fragrances on our health

...VOCs) after one hour of diffusion. Similar results were found in a study conducted in the United States. All products tested emitted at least one type of VOC, and a quarter of these VOCs are listed as potentially toxic according to US law [4] . Are there safe and natural ambient fragrance products? Yes, but they ar...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...VOCs) in the lower layers; less durable than a floor made of solid wood only. Worthy of note: Engineered wood floors lend themselves well to in-floor radiant heat. Solid hardwood floors: Wood flooring can come either raw or pre-finished. Traditional raw wood flooring usually requires as much work in finishing as ...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...VOCs will lead to safer indoor air quality and reduced health risks for homeowners - although we would always suggest ventilating modern airtight homes by choosing a HRV or ERV system . More cool things about grass insulation 70% less water is required for manufacturing grass insulation compared to fiberglass ins...

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, viruses
Healthy indoor air quality

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

...VOC chemicals; so as we become more aware of home health, it is only natural that people jump on the web looking for solutions. And there is always someone there willing to sell you something to cure what ails you, when perhaps the better choice is to choose formaldehyde and VOC free building materials in the first pla...