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Exploring comfort in the home: improving IAQ in high performance housing

5 ways to improve indoor air quality

Mon Dec 29, 2014

Although it may seem counter-intuitive, indoor air is typically two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. As energy-efficient homes become tighter and tighter with less air infiltration, indoo...

Filters: Unravelling the mystery of the grading system, the various options and their recommended applications

Indoor air quality

Fri Dec 5, 2014

Anyone who is accustomed to designing high performance housing using heat recovery ventilation (HRV) will be familiar with the need for effective filtration to enhance and maintain indoor air quality....

Exploring humidity in the home: What does ‘comfort temperature’ actually mean?

The Three Degrees

Mon Dec 1, 2014

In the third and final part of our comfort in the home blog series we’re looking at comfort temperature, heat perception and why just three degrees can...

How a year in the ventilation industry triggered my addiction to good quality air.

Ventilation matters

Sat Nov 29, 2014

As a Product Marketing Manager, my key objective – my ‘raison d’être’, if you will – is to get excited about my products. A good product marketer should be able to muster enthusiasm about anything. I’...

Exploring humidity in the home: What are the effects of high humidity?

Humidity: it’s all relative

Mon Nov 24, 2014

A Tale of Two Cities (or one city and a sovereign city-state) In September I went to Agadir, Morocco on holiday. Beautiful country, fantastic food and day after day of perfect azure skies. The temp...

Fresh air no matter how small the space. Why the compact Zehnder ComfoAir 180 ventilation system is ideal for refurbishment.

Latest news | A great fit for EnerPHit

Mon Nov 24, 2014

Zehnder presents the extraordinarily space-saving compact ventilation solution which is perfectly suited to refurbishment projects. Furthermore, the recent certification by the Passive House Institute...

We ask our colleagues at Zehnder America to comment on some of the most energy-efficient homes on US soil: Belfast Ecovillage homes use 90 per cent less energy to heat and cool.

What are the real world cost savings of living in a Passive House?

Sat Nov 22, 2014

While typical homes of a comparable size require families to spend several thousand dollars each year on heat alone, my family of four in mid coast Maine spent less than $120 a month last winter on al...

As our experience with Passive House increases, so too does the number of myths surrounding the concepts behind the energy-efficient construction standard.

The top 9 Passive House myths – busted!

Thu Nov 20, 2014

We’ve chosen 9 of the most common Passive House misconceptions with the hope that we can debunk the folklore, once and for all....

Exploring humidity in the home: How human hair can tell you how much moisture is in the air.

Not such a hair-brained idea!

Mon Nov 17, 2014

Our home is our sanctuary and where we want to feel the most comfortable. But comfort isn’t simply about having plump pillows and thick, luscious carpets, lovely as they are. The level of humidity in ...

Exploring humidity in the home: How human hair can tell you how much moisture is in the air.

Not such a hair-brained idea!

Mon Nov 17, 2014

Our home is our sanctuary and where we want to feel the most comfortable. But comfort isn’t simply about having plump pillows and thick, luscious carpets, lovely as they are. The level of humidity in ...

Forbidden, discouraged or no cause for concern – when it comes to opening windows in a Passive House, which is it?

Can I open the windows in a Passive House?

Fri Nov 14, 2014

It’s a common misconception that if you live in a Passive House, or an energy and thermally efficient property containing a heat recovery ventilation unit, that every window in the property must remai...