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

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

...window if your basement has them is fine if the humidity conditions outside are favorable, that's pretty hard to judge; so a better alternative is to choose a good quality discounted HRV or ERV system with an automatic electronic humidity control. Along with removing contaminants from the air, there are health conseq...

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home 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 ...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations open. Seal air vents: At least during the time work is happening, covering vents (unless they are operational) will reduce a build up of dust that will be spread around your house long after construction is complete. Dirty air ducts © Ecohome Material selection: This is less about what you will breath...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...window (literally) if you forgo A/C and employ natural ventilation in summer. With some design foresight, habit alterations and some window action, you can keep a house pretty comfortable in summer on all but the most brutally hot and humid days. Some last thoughts on living habits that may help with balancing air pr...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems? or jalousie windows are notorious for their air leakage, and an upgrade is strongly recommended if a home still uses them. These windows allow smoke infiltration during a wildfire, and they waste heating and air conditioning power under normal conditions. A/C and HRV / ERV ventilation system recommendations f...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...window to supply new air (less than ideal), though the Lunos does have the capability of running all units in an intake mode to rebalance air pressure while venting air outside . The cost: about $1,250 (Canadian) for a pair of Lunos e² and about $ 1,000 for a Lunos e-Go. For some perspective on cost, an average home ...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost 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...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...window and open another . A properly-insulated slab of concrete resting on high-ground with a frost-protection skirt will outlast a house built on a crawlspace; full stop. • EPS foam can be used as a vapour barrier when installed with multiple layers and offset joints as it will not absorb moisture from the ground. ...

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

Ventilation & air exchangers 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...

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 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...

Healthy Home Offices - Natural Biophilic Design Ideas
Interior design and furnishing

How do you create a healthy home office? With Biophilic Interior Design

...window letting in the warm morning sunlight. Believe us when we say you will thank us later – and if the mind wanders a little to when we could all roam outside without a second thought, that’s probably a good thing, right? Now you know about Biophilic Interior Design for creating a healthy and productive h...