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

Ventilation & air exchangers

...windows aren’t dripping, relax. For peace of mind, consider buying a hydrometer to measure your indoor relative humidity, which will cost you maybe $20 to $30 at most hardware stores. If you have an issue, crack your window a bit for now until you sort it out. Humidifiers, dehumidifiers and air purifiers are availabl...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...installation. Operational cost: The energy required to operate the fan is very low (0.11 - 0.14 W / cfm), corresponding to about $5-10 a year to run all the units, depending on the size of your house and local utility rates. Basically, they're pretty cheap to run. Moisture management. The system is capable of excha...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...windows on the south facade. Though it's value is not recognized in PHPP software (Passive House Planning Package), significant thermal mass within the building envelope (slab floor) stabilizes indoor temperatures at desired levels, leading to increased comfort and consequently energy savings. 60% of window and doo...

Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...installation contractors to tinker with the chemical mix a bit, giving it more volume with less material, which is more profitable for the installers. There are not a lot of reported cases of this, but when it goes wrong it goes very wrong. Personally, I wouldn't let someone spray foam in my house without some pretty g...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...installation, and a factory precision that is hard to match onsite. Building codes and a general trend towards smarter building practices has seen some serious leaps forward in the quality offered by pre-fab manufacturers, including high R-value walls and breaking thermal bridging. If you are considering this route...

Smart Door Lock Buying Guide - Easy DIY Project
Mechanical systems

Smart door lock buying guide

...window if you don’t have a key hidden. Smart door locks and simple combination front door locks that can be operated from a smart phone or even just with a passcode means you never have to worry about losing your keys – though you do now need to at least remember the combo : ) Door lock with combination passcode - ...

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?

...window installation , how to choose a weather resistant barrier (WRB) , or subscribe to our YouTube channel to see our DIY Green Home Building video series .

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

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

...installation contractors to tinker with the chemical mix a bit, giving it more volume with less material, which is more profitable for the installers. There are not a lot of reported cases of this, but when it goes wrong it goes very wrong. Personally, I wouldn't let someone spray foam in my house without some pretty g...

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...windows. As warm, humid indoor air comes in contact with cold windows in winter, it cools, the moisture within it condenses on the window, and the cooler, denser air falls, creating air movement and the sensation of a draft. The interior surface of triple-pane windows are warmer than double-pane windows resulting in ...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...windows for a Passive House is key. Heat gain mustn’t be offset by losses caused by badly insulated glass or air leakage due to poor window frame installation (see how to improve window installation for Passive House here) . The third theme is efficient systems. After all, the best way to make energy savings after prop...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...windows were another hurdle, as they represent one of the major contributors to air leakage (and the resulting discomfort of residents). The only Passive House certified windows that met the performance targets we needed were triple-glazed units made in Ireland (R-7 to R-9). Installation proved a bit more challenging t...