Ventilation / Guides

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

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...ventilation (including washroom fans) is controlled by a Venmar HE3000 HRV which provides 306 CFM(cubic feet per minute) of fresh air. Water conservation: All plumbing fixtures are low-flow. The residual heat in wastewater is collected through a single stack drain that is connected to a Drain Water Heat Recovery Syst...

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?

...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 ...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...ventilation equipment , to name a few. Thermal comfort = efficiency and durability: The less heat that is lost through the building enclosure, the warmer it will be, and less heat will be lost from your body to the walls and windows. As warm, humid indoor air comes in contact with cold windows in winter, it coo...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...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...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...ventilation , not arbitrary holes in an air barrier. Always seal your home as tight as you possibly can and let your air exchanger do the job it was designed to do. Ordinarily there is a lineup of drywall crews, plumbers, cabinet installers, electricians, heating and cooling contractors, all waiting their turn to pun...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...ventilation systems where adhesive fine particles are sprayed into ducts, leaving the ducts perfectly sealed. Based on the success of that procedure, the company created the product Aerobarrier, which can seal entire homes. How Aerobarrier works: Using standard blower-door testing equipment, a house is pressurized ...

Tiny Tack House living room
Tiny house

The tiny house movement: Tiny Tack House

...ventilation. By including such multi-purpose features, the Tack's have successfully built a cozy comfortable home that is not only beautiful, but perfectly serves their needs for space. Designed to be entirely self-sufficient wherever it goes, the Tiny Tack House is capable of operating completely off-grid. It's eq...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...ventilation and ease of care. With aluminum and wood blending, these windows offered a variety of arrangements possiblities and a wide selection of colors for exterior cladding which reduce maintenance. What do I need to know about windows? The energy efficiency of windows has come a long way in the last couple of ...

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?

...ventilation openings in the LEED Platinum Edelweiss House How do you do a blower door test? There is no DIY blower door YouTube video to watch; you will need to hire a professional to do it. It starts with all the windows and doors being properly closed, at which point your home is depressurized using a large fan...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...Ventilation system (HRV), but any high performance house will need that. Obviously, the further north you go the harder this is to achieve. With fewer sun hours in the day and colder temperatures to fight off, where Alain Hamel lives in Northern Quebec (marked on the map to the right) is on the far edge of where this...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...ventilation © Ecohome Attic insulation: The most crucial place to ensure proper insulation for energy saving and money saving is your roof. Older homes may have insufficient insulation and a lot have none. For some homes, blowing a seamless blanket of cellulose (shredded newsprint) could help keep hundreds of dol...