attic ventilation / Guides

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...Attic ventilation: Attic ventilation is essential to prevent ice in roofs, be certain that your roof ventilation is able to do its job. Next, roof ven...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...attic and causes that same melting to occur. Ventilation equipment such as furnaces, duct work and air conditioning are rarely seen in attics anymore, but if ...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...attic to see if it is properly vented and if there is enough insulation. Add attic vents if to remove moisture , and additional insulation. This can be done by ...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...attic, be sure they aren't leaking, or more importantly that they aren't simply vented into the attic space, which does happen. Basement mold & mildew prevent...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...ventilation . You can read more about Air Permeability of homes here , but to put it simply let's quote from the US Department of Energy when they state " the a...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

We cannot overstate the importance of airtightness in homes and attic rooms. A proper air barrier reduces heat loss in winter, overheating in summer, and preve...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...attic insulation is a great way to save money, but be sure to maintain eaves ventilation © Ecohome Attic insulation: The most crucial place to ensure prop...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...attic. Range hood over gas stove © Ecohome Home ventilation and contaminant removal: Ensure proper ventilation of both kitchens and bathrooms to r...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...ventilation system, windows and a door; but instead of those costs being spread over 1,000 or more square feet, they may be spread over only 100 square feet. ...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...attic, triple glazed windows or windows with shutters, no basement, a crawl space with R20 in the floor system, and a very tight air / vapour barrier. ...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

Should I Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? This very question comes up a lot for me during site consultations with clients . Some people buy an old home, maybe i...