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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?

...is shown to have negative impacts on human health and lead to - or aggravate existing - respiratory issues such as asthma. What is also of importance in considering current events, is whether certain filters can stop airborne coronaviruses from circulating in our heating systems - and while COVID-19 apparently has on...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...LEED , or to Learn What Questions you Should Ask a Solar Panel Contractor , you can find all you need in the Ecohome Green Building Guide Pages at Ecohome.net, and if you don't find what you are looking for, ask a pro a question in our discussion forum .

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

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...is model used to be that there was no remote sensor that can be placed in a different location of the house – it would only monitor and control the temperature based on the location of the main device. Thankfully since early 2018 this feature is now available. 2. Ecobee4, The advantage of this thermostat is that it...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...issues including health for occupants, transportation and community connectivity. That's why a Powerhouse certified building may also carry another certification such as LEED if they really want to stand out as a leader in green building. However, this standard is not governed by a third party (as LEED is), because i...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...is a little too enticing to pass up. And that, is where urban sprawl begins. The greenest home is in the city First, just to clear up a likely misconception - most people would be surprised to hear that the most eco-friendly home you can buy is not an off-grid home out in the woods where you grow your own food, it’...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...is calculated to minimize losses. So right here you are reducing the waste generated by your project. This option is not necessarily cheaper than a house built on site by a contractor, but the delivery schedule may be more realistic. This can be beneficial with planning, and help you make a quicker transition into yo...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help

Ventilation & air exchangers

...ist air through walls, this of course led to a buildup of moisture in homes, and condensation on windows was common place and hard to stop . This led to a build up of mould and mildew in homes. Modern day airtight homes need mechanical assistance to stop moisture damage and protect indoor air quality, especially true i...

Suspended-film insulating glass windows are high-performance windows
Windows and doors

Suspended-film insulating glass windows - A definitive guide for these high-performance windows

...LEED Platinum Kenogami House , the LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , and the LEED Platinum solar air heated S-1600 Wakefield House . What are suspended-film insulating glass windows? What we personally have yet to try, is suspended-film windows (sometimes called suspended coated film windows) but the technology an...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...is fully insulated and protected from moisture, you will have a dry, healthy and durable basement that won’t develop mold in walls since it is separated on all surfaces from ground moisture. ICF walls are also airtight, soundproof, earthquake resistant, and reasonably well-insulated. So what’s not to love? Well…there...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...is is a smart system that will go into a sleep mode when there has been no activity for 72 hours, and it will automatically go back into operational mode when water use is detected. How cool is that? An annual servicing by a professional is recommended but, short of that, this is an extremely low-maintenance system. ...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...is with a quote, because this young lady has captured the hearts and minds of such a widespread demographic for "telling it as it is:" "Our house is on fire. I am here to say, our house is on fire. [...] I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is." Greta ...