Vinyl / Guides

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

Keep vinyl out of your home (albums excluded of course)

...vinyl (also known as PVC- polyvinyl chloride) accounts for approximately 40% of the chlorine gas produced in North America. Vinyl is highly polluting in production, and as a building product it is susceptible to UV exposure, causing it to break down and release particles. And in the unfortunate event of it being burned...

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

...Vinyl / PVC (polyvinyl chloride) Windows: Pros: Resistant to moisture, insects, corrosion; reasonably good insulation value; low maintenance; affordable. Cons: The environmental impact during production is significant. So much so that vinyl as a product is banned in many European countries. It is extremely energy...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...vinyl flooring made from PVC became more popular in the 1960s and early 1970s. For those who are uncertain about why vinyl is never a good choice read here , unless of course you've got a turn table. No longer drab in colour, marmoleum is fairly easy to install, requires no toxic adhesives, and comes in rolls, planks...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...Vinyl For a full rundown on How to Install windows & doors Correctly in LEED & Passive House, see here from the EcoHome Green Building Guides , north America's favourite sustainable construction tips website Members get great Discounts - sign up today...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...Vinyl / PVC siding Vinyl Siding © Céline Lecomte Pros of vinyl siding: Highly resistant to weathering. Very good against pests and mold. Fairly easy to install and easy to maintain. Cons of vinyl siding: Cons: It is derived in part from natural gas, which is not renewable, however the la...

LED filament bulbs
Lighting

LED filament bulbs

...vinyl records in MP3 recordings); just don't look (or listen) that intently. Instead, sit back and enjoy the music and warm light. The difference between incandescent and LED filament bulbs: The thin coil of filament in an incandescent bulb heats up as an electric current flows through it, thus it produces light. T...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...Vinyl Will replacing old windows save money? The short answer is, it's not likely . From a standpoint of saving money, a complete home window replacement job rarely justifies the cost, although it depends if extensive work is going to be needed to renovate old windows too. For full disclosure before we do 'our' mat...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...Vinyl For a full rundown on How to Install windows & doors Correctly in LEED & Passive House, see here from the EcoHome Green Building Guides , north America's favourite sustainable construction tips website Members get great Discounts - sign up today...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...vinyl as a construction material. (see here) How good an eco-friendly option are bubble type roll up pool covers? Another type of pool cover or blanket which is much more affordable, but with no safety value, is what is called a floating blanket. This blanket is simply a thin vinyl, polyethylene or polypropylene...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...Vinyl Members get great Discounts - sign up today... Top Tips: For Well Fitted & Sealed Windows & Why It's Important: Attention to Detail is essential when fitting windows and doors - for all the reasons above Use the Right Specialist Materials as using the best materials available ensures good sealing th...

Vapor retarder latex primer instead of polyethylene sheet
Air and vapour barriers

Replacing polyethylene vapour barriers with latex paint vapor control

...vinyl wall coverings on the interior of air-conditioned assemblies. Ventilate enclosures To read why you shouldn't install air conditioning in a home with a polyethylene vapor barrier see here , from the EcoHome Green Building guides