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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?

...windows and doors being properly closed, at which point your home is depressurized using a large fan built into a shield that is placed in one open doorway. This powerful exhaust fan draws air in from any existing hole in your air barrier no matter how small it is. The operator then determines your ACH (air changes p...

Earth day celebrations for 50th Anniversary
Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...window in our home where at least one small container with a seed in it could grow into something we could eat! Learn about composting kitchen waste - because that goes hand-in-hand with food productiion. The food waste that might previously have been on its way to a landfill has tremendous value and can be used to g...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...windows by Euroline Windows Inc. ; split system heat pumps and Comfoair 200 HRV units by Zehnder . Project credits: Owner Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Architect Mobius Architecture Inc. Structural Engineer CanStruct Engineering Group Mechanical Engineer ITEC Systems Design Ltd. Electrical Engineer O...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...window is a thermal battery of sorts as it captures and later releases heat from the sun. A well-insulated concrete floor acts as a thermal battery as well; once you pump it full of heat it takes a long time to cool down (depending on the thickness), and it regulates interior temperatures during that time. One prac...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...window shutters meant to compensate for the flimsy windows they had to settle for. The Germans didn’t forget, however. Wolfgang Feist, one of the two physicists who created the “Passivhaus” standard, credits the Saskatchewan Conservation House for its inspiration. Some Canadians do wear a proper winter coat Or mayb...

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

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

...window shades opened or closed. The choice of smart home hubs is ever expanding - look for the best rated ones here . Smart door locks Smart door locks are deadbolt front door locks that can be operated in a number of ways - either with a smartphone, a fingerprint reader, passcodes and combinations, or with voice c...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...window of the microwave, it won't get you popcorn any sooner. Flame retardants Made from the chemical compounds chlorine or bromine, flame retardants have without a doubt saved lives by giving us valuable time to exit burning buildings, but those same chemicals are finding their way into our water, air and food cha...

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...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...Windows are a part of that but they are also part of our energy performance strategy. The house is laid out south facing to maximize passive solar heat gain, so we have designed and chosen windows to take best advantage of that. Window glazings on the North, East and West have an R value of 8.4, but intentionally o...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...windows, electrical and plumbing openings, and seal any cracks. Close all your windows during the heat of the day, and get your fresh air at night. Pay attention to the temperatures inside and out, and wait until it's actually cooler outside to open up the windows. Block out the sun during the day with opaque curta...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 8 great tips for growing food in small spaces

...window space - see here . 1.) Container gardening If you have limited outdoor space, be it a small yard, shared courtyard or balcony, a container garden with vegetables and fruits may be the ideal thing for you . One of the great things about container gardening is the ability to grow almost any vegetable and man...