indoor air quality / Guides

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

...airtightness and super-insulation along with very high-performance windows . Achieving airtightness requires the use of some fairly high-tech materials but the ...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...indoor air quality that, according to the EPA, can be 5 times more polluted than outdoor air due to toxic airborne particles that originate in building material...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...indoor air quality and the use of sustainable building materials, which also means that it can be specified and supplied as Novoclimat or Zero Net Energy Ready ...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...air condenses, and by so eliminating mold growth. Quick Fact Check: Eliminating all mold and mold spores indoors is virtually impossible, but controlling indo...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...air: To ensure safe indoor air quality, the following requirements must be met: Entryways must have an external dirt track-in system and an internal dirt ...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...indoor air quality , read about green kitchens here , in the EcoHome Green Building Guides for Sustainable construction .

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...air quality and consequently find its way into other homes. When there are lots of neighbouring wood stoves, a bigger concern for indoor air quality than [the s...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...air conditioner combo. Other interesting advantages include increased indoor air quality, since there are no fuels being burned and exhausted and the system w...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...indoor air quality. For finishings and maintenance - again to protect your air quality - look for zero VOC paints and finishes . Now you read about the best l...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...indoor air quality of your home, the durability of your house and the interior surfaces. It will also affect how much home maintenance you may be required to do...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...airtight for reasons of durability (to prevent moist air from passing through walls), to reduce energy loss and to safeguard indoor air quality . As for how t...