Ventilation for Designing Better Buildings

The Heights: Canada’s Largest Passive House Project under Construction in Vancouver

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Mar 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Passive House

Mold & Dust Mites: How Your Basement Impacts Home Air Quality

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Mar 24, 2017 9:05:00 AM

Did you know that many of the indoor air quality issues in a home originate in the crawl space or basement? Unfortunately, basement air is frequently the most compromised air in the house, and contaminants commonly spread to the first floor.

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Topics: IAQ

Vancouver’s Zero-emission Targets Promote Energy Efficiency Solutions

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Mar 23, 2017 10:09:33 AM

Last year Vancouver became the first major city in North America to set the goal of zero carbon emissions by 2030. The target includes having all new buildings be emission-free by 2030. Ultra-energy-efficient new buildings will soon be common in Vancouver.

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Topics: Passive House

Four Myths About Net-Zero Homes

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Mar 16, 2017 3:01:00 PM

Imagine living in a home with practically no energy bills, where all your energy is produced on-site. A net-zero building uses a renewable energy system to generate as much energy as it consumes annually.

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Topics: Net Zero Homes

Ohio Family Retrofits Home With a DIY Energy Recovery Ventilator

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Mar 15, 2017 4:33:59 PM

When the Crawfords moved into their new high-performance home in Prospect, Ohio, two years ago, the family of four was delighted to have more space and low energy bills. Their 2,900 square foot home had been meticulously air sealed and featured a geothermal system for heating and cooling.

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Topics: ERV

Passive House: Is It Worth the Cost?

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Mar 1, 2017 3:26:23 PM

 

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Topics: Passive House

Poor Indoor Air Quality Hurts Productivity

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Mar 1, 2017 3:14:12 PM

Studies have linked worker productivity, mood, and cognitive function to indoor air quality, but ventilation solutions exist for healthier indoor air.

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Topics: IAQ

Zehnder: Benefits of a Continuously Ventilated Bathroom

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Jan 26, 2017 11:32:00 AM

Does your bathroom have mold growth around the shower, cabinets, and fixtures? Does your bathroom have stale air, excessive odors, or a musty smell? Common problems like these may be affecting your bathroom without you even realizing. Here are the facts about these issues and how to fix them before they start harming your indoor air quality.

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Topics: Ventilation Strategies

Common Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Jan 6, 2017 2:02:00 PM

Contrary to popular belief, indoor air is commonly two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Studies confirm this trend in rural and urban dwellings alike. This suggests that builders and occupants have a lot of options when it comes to minimizing exposure to pollutants.Indoor air quality ranks as one of the top five environmental health risks, and numerous illnesses are linked to airborne contaminants. Gaining an awareness of common sources of indoor air contamination is instrumental in promoting overall occupant health.Biological Contaminants

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Topics: IAQ

Joseph Lstiburek's Concern About Indoor Air Quality

Posted by Zehnder America

Jan 1, 2017 3:05:00 PM

Builders, architects, and engineers are seeking ways to create smarter homes that use less energy, have greater comfort, and are more durable. Now more than ever, many new homes have innovative wall systems that prevent thermal bridging, air barriers that solve condensation issues in walls, and are air sealed to stop drafts. High levels of indoor air pollutants, mold, and pollen can erode the health of homeowners. To truly build smarter homes, high indoor air quality is essential.

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