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Mixed interior room lighting

Home lighting design

...warmer soft light in living areas, with reading lamps. Strategically placed lights can reduce the need for additional fixtures, cutting costs of installation and operation. Pot lights are quite a popular trend, and frankly can create very dynamic and dramatic room lighting. While individually they aren’t le...

Celsius Solar Igloo
Solar thermal collectors

Celsius: The solar heated igloo!

...warm, from noisy to silent. The interior atmosphere is warm and comfortable, which is radically different from the perception you get looking at it from the outside. Us: Tell us about this inner atmosphere. L. McC : Celsius seeks to reproduce the soothing effect and introspective environment that you find in the in...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...warms up enough to melt. If you're further baffled by frost forming on one side and not the others, you're probably looking at the north side. The sun will sometimes warm the south side enough to thaw and evaporate moisture but leave it still coated on the north side - again, not a problem unless the ice starts to bu...

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...warm and humid air escaping though any punctures in ceiling air barriers (which includes poorly installed pot-lights) will condense as it migrates though a wall assembly and meets a cold surface; this causes frost and ice to form. In spring when this ice melts, it will seem like you have a roof leak when in fact there ...

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...warm them at the expense of your own personal comfort. If the temperatures of the surfaces in your home are warmer, you will feel more comfortable regardless of what your thermostat says. Other environmental factors beyond just the average air temperature and heat radiating to and from the surrounding surfaces of you...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...warms the roof deck and melts the snow; that water then runs down under the snow to the overhang where it is no longer heated by interior factors, and it freezes again. Air leakage through walls : through ceilings is another common problem as a lot of heat is transported by air. This warms the attic and causes that s...

What is Interstitial Condensation? (And how to stop it!)
Walls and Roofs

What is Interstitial Condensation in Walls or Roofs? (And how to stop it!)

...warm, moist, internal air from inside a structure finds its way into cold exterior walls, floors or roof and ceilings . It can also be caused in in summer months in conditions of high external humidity in combination with heavily air conditioned homes that have interior poly vapor barriers - but more of that below. F...

LED filament bulbs

All about LED filament bulbs

...warmed in colour in the past few years, and now with the introduction of their answer to filament bulbs, LEDs can finally offer that old-time glow of antique chandelier lights. Are there filaments on an LED bulb? Sort of... it's just an illusion: LED filament bulbs contain a glass frame with a series of simulated f...

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

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

...warm water, a couple of drops of dish detergent or soap and 2 tablespoons bleach per 1 quart water to make up a sanitizing solution - but bleach while effective at killing off virus's and bacteria isn't that great for the environment, our indoor air quality or our health - and can cause some very nasty reactions if acc...

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

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

...warm in its specific climate, relying only on interior loads (appliances, lights and people) and the sun for heat. So can a house built to Net Zero Heat specs actually stay at 20°C all winter long by itself? No, it cannot. On cloudy days it could easily drop to 19, or even 18°C. When a building envelope reduces hea...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...lights can be turned on or off, curtains and skylights can be opened or closed, home alarms activated or deactivated, doors locked or unlocked, dishwashers, washing machines and even electric vehicle chargers activated optimally for energy savings in conjunction with smart meters and flexible energy pricing, all with o...