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Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...windows are closed to get an accurate reading. Normal activity like doing laundry with a dryer vented to the exterior and running ventilation equipment is to be expected, so you don’t need to change your normal behavior when testing a home for radon. If you know or suspect that your home is "at risk" for radon, then co...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...Windows : Internorm ThermoPassiv sourced through Northwin Windows Thermolec 2kw Thermo Air resistance heater unit Zehnder Comfoair 200 HRV Naugler House annual heating cost [2012-2013] kWh used 690.2 $/Month 6.40 Total $ 76.82 Heating cost for the Naugler Passive House compared to code-built house: ...

Real estate

Real estate

...windows - look for water damage around the interior, signs of air leakage, double or triple-pane Quality mechanical systems - iare they old or new? Check model numbers online for reviews and efficiency Some of the above items are fairly self-explanatory, other topics will be explored at greater depth in other art...

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

...windows or by proximity to heating and ventilation intakes. There are a few products currently available on the market that removes radon from the water directly at the well head. And it looks like this - click it for more information and to get pricing: This system removes radon from well water, click here to ge...

Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...windows you install. If you ran an energy simulation model to find out how well a wall would perform but you neglected to calculate thermal bridges, you would be trying to solve a math equation without using all the variables and your conclusions would simply be wrong. Thermal bridge-free construction: 1- Be cons...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...windows , additional home insulation in new build, insulating existing walls from the outside during a house renovation , or better tapes and membranes for air sealing , etc. Ball park pricing for a geothermal system : For an averaged size home (2000 sq. ft.) a GSHP will easily cost $30,000 to have installed, and tha...

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...windows and doors , for example, which is an essential part of building a more efficient home . Choosing a contractor by doing a web search for ‘green builder’ with your local region will in no way guarantee quality and experience, but it will narrow the search a bit because the 'green' builders will for sure market ...

Tiny Tack House living room
Tiny house

The tiny house movement: Tiny Tack House

...windows for ventilation. By including such multi-purpose features, the Tack's have successfully built a cozy comfortable home that is not only beautiful, but perfectly serves their needs for space. Designed to be entirely self-sufficient wherever it goes, the Tiny Tack House is capable of operating completely off-gri...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...windows with outside views, fresh and friendly colours, task and ambient lighting, earth-tone fabrics, and soothing textures like wood and stone to enhance the patient experience, “says Alex Sullo, Director, Facilities Services, Bluewater Health. “At the same time, we focused on specific features to enhance our environ...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...windows > R4.5 Ceiling: 3" Polyisocyanurate and 36" of cellulose > R151 Wall insulation: 14" of EPS foam and 7.5" of mineral wool > R 80 Slab on grade insulation: EPS foam and polyurethane > R60 0,57 ACH @ 50 Pa ( Air Changes per Hour at 50 Pascals of pressure) Energy systems: 5400 w photovoltaic solar ...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...windows. Mice can be put off by certain strong smells, so if you can find what appears to be an entrance point but aren’t sure you can successfully block it, you could try to dissuade them with a strong scent. Peppermint oil is said to work, also ammonia, and even mothballs. Be mindful of the toxicity of whatever you...