Ventilation / Guides

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...Ventilation: Heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) are mandatory in performance rating systems like LEED, Novoclimat and Passivhaus. They are also mandatory in some regional building codes, but they are not found in Earthships. Instead, an Earthship gets ventilation through what they call earthtubes, and ventilation openi...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...Ventilation! Another considerable improvement in keeping basements mold-free is to ensure adequate ventilation . Whilst cracking open a window if your basement has them is fine if the humidity conditions outside are favorable, that's pretty hard to judge; so a better alternative is to choose a good quality discounted...

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...ventilation, durability, etc, so you are armed with a bit of info when you make calls. When you sign a home-building contract with a contractor, you are setting off on a pretty long trip together, so having a good relationship is very important at this point. A good builder should respect your goals for performance, du...

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

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...ventilation equipment is to be expected, so you don’t need to change your normal behavior when testing a home for radon. If you know or suspect that your home is "at risk" for radon, then consider installing a continuous SMART Radon monitoring system with alarm via a dedicated App - these cost a little more but give ad...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...ventilation air is controlled at the source by a continuously operating energy recovery ventilation system (ERV) that filters pollutants. All building materials were carefully selected to prevent any interior source of chemical and biological contaminants by using products such as concrete and glass countertops and w...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...ventilation Both the EPA & Health Canada recommend healthy Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for the short and long-term health of homeowners and their families. Beyond carefully selecting the materials in a kit home for a healthy interior air quality, we also need to maintain that quality by bringing in and conditioning the ...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...ventilation systems during winter, a simple failure to install windows or doors correctly can lead to leaks, water damage and air leakage causing internal condensation and mold in walls. Most of the problems that a home will face during a deep freeze are moisture related in one way or another. Extreme differences in ...

The birthplace of Passive House solar home design The Saskatchewan Conservation
Passive solar home design

Saskatchewan: The birthplace of Passive House and passive solar home design

...ventilation , which is now standard on any high-performance cold climate home. After seeing firsthand in a hostile climate in North America with the Conservation House the kind of energy efficiency that was possible, we proceeded to ignore it like we did electric vehicles, and continued to build very average homes th...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

...ventilation systems to the production of domestic hot water. Energy systems as advanced as this have never been seen together before, and collectively make this house in a harsh climate possibly the most efficient house ever made, even exceeding Passive House levels of performance. The heat source: a unique combinati...

Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

...ventilation can help, like a ceiling fan nearby, also if you keep your relative humidity lower that as well will reduce the problem. If you do plan to install them, you are best to look for high quality ones. That could save you a lot of headaches and money in the future. Light wells, as mentioned above don’t have ...

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...ventilation openings, and how to ensure windows and doors are properly sealed . New BC Energy Step Codes - A Step in the Right Direction How the BC energy step code works: The BC Building Code puts buildings into two basic categories – Part 9 and Part 3 . BC step code part 9 – This refers to houses and sm...