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- 1. Community Planning
- Community Development and Design in the North
- Evaluation of a Planned Community in Arctic Canada
- Sustainable Residential Developments: Planning, Design and Construction
- Three Studies on Municipal Infrastructure: Alternative Financing Methods
- The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Producing Affordable Housing
- Women on the Rough Edge: A Decade of Change for Long-Term Homeless
- Municipal Planning for Affordable Housing
- Guide to Affordable Housing Partnerships
- Philanthropic Support for Affordable Housing
- FlexHousing: Building Adaptable Houses
- Implementing Sustainable Community
Development: Charting a Federal Role
- 2. Services
- Water Supply and Sewage Systems in the North
- Assessment of the Takla Landing Contour Trench Wastewater Disposal System
- Transportation in the North
- Communications in the North
- Projects in the North/ Water Conservation Case Studies Cape Dorset, Nunavut
- Projects in the North/ Water Conservation Case Studies Yellowknife, NWT
- 3. Design
- Space Requirements and Utilization in Northern Housing
- Energy and Cost Considerations in the Design of Northern Housing
- Designing Durable House Envelopes for the North
- Earth-Sheltered Houses
- Manufactured Housing in the North
- 4. Foundations
- Permafrost and Foundation Types
- A Three-Point Spaceframe Foundation for Houses in the North
- Monocoque Structure for an Arctic House
- 5. Walls and Roofs
- In-Situ Thermal Testing of Wall Sections in NWT
- Residential Roofs in the North
- Attics & Roofs For Northern Residential Construction
- Attic Venting, Attic Moisture and Ice Dams
How do you deal with a leak in the ceiling? How should an attic be properly vented? How do you eliminate ice dams?
This fact sheet will answer these and other attic related questions.
- Removing Ice from Roofs
Whether you have a sloped or flat roof, learn techniques that will help you deal with extensive roof icing or ice dam problems.
- 6. Windows and Doors
- Problems with Windows and Doors in Northern Housing
- New Window Technology for Northern Housing
- 7. Mechanical Systems
- Ventilation and Air Tightness of Housing in the North
- Hydronic Heating in the North
- Forced Air Heating in the North
- Domestic Hot Water Tanks as Space Heating Appliances
- Maintaining Your Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV)
For a clean and healthy living environment, review the seven steps to maintaining the Heat Recovery Ventilator.
- Wood Heat Safety
Whether you often use a wood stove or fireplace, or are coping with an emergency loss of electricity, learn how to
safely use wood to heat your home.
- The Importance of Bathroom and Kitchen Fans
- Your Furnace Filter
- Should You Get Your Heating Ducts Cleaned?
- 8. Case Studies
- Design Assessment of Super-Insulated Houses in the Keewatin District of the Northwest Territories
- Hay River Energy Efficient Housing Project
- Evaluation of Homes Constructed Under the Homeownership Assistance Program
- 9. Construction Methods
- Transportation and Logistics of Construction in the North
- 10. Indoor Air Quality and Moisture
- Choosing a Dehumidifier
Air that is too damp can cause condensation on windows, water damage to materials, mold and even wood rot. Choose
the right dehumidifier to regulate the humidity in your home.
- Carbon Monoxide
A list of questions and answers dealing with keeping Carbon Monoxide out of your home and to help you choose the right
- Fighting Mold - The Homeowners Guide
Mold can cause allergies or respiratory disease. Learn how to identify and eliminate mold from your home.
- Measuring Humidity in Your Home
Is there condensation on your windows? Are there wet stains on the walls or ceilings? Is there static or sparks
whenever you touch something? Diagnose humidity problems in your house.
- Combustion Gases in Your Home
Do you have a gas or oil fired furnace, boiler or water heater? What about a woodstove or fireplace? Take the
necessary steps to keep combustion gases out of your home.
What is asbestos? Why is it so useful? What problems can asbestos cause and what options does the homeowner have
in dealing with them?
- 11. Renovating Existing Homes
Before You Start Your Renovation
This series will assist you in making informed decisions before you renovate. Each easy-to-read fact sheet
helps you ask the key questions, reviews the available options and discusses the consequences if certain
aspects of the renovation are overlooked.
Advance planning is the key to successful renovations. These fact sheets help you plan, assess and avoid suprises.
Achieve the results you want by doing your renovation right the first time.
- a) Assessing the Renovation Project
Before renovating, its important to assess your home's current condition to determine if there are
significant problems that you must deal with before or during the renovation project.
- b) Renovating Your Basement - Structural Issues and Soil Conditions
Renovating a basement can add value and extra living space to a home. Fixing foundation problems before renovating
is essential to preserve the durability and structure of the house.
- c) Renovating Your Basement - Moisture Problems
Is there condensation on the basement windows? Are there white chalky stains on the foundation? Do the carpets
smell musty? Creating a clean, dry and healthy living space is a critical first step.
- d) Renovating Your Kitchen
The kitchen is often the most used room in the house and kitchen renovations typically have the highest financial
payback. Conduct a pre-renovation inspection and prioritize the most desirable features for you new kitchen.
- e) Renovating Your Bathroom
Bathroom renovations offer the second highest financial payback rate and are one of the most common home improvement
projects. Use this fact sheet to check for problems before you renovate.
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- f) Window and Door Renovations
Do you want more natural light in your living area? Are you concerned about security? Before repairing or replacing
windows and doors, consider all of the factos outlined in this fact sheet.
- g) Repairing or Replacing Roof Finishes
Regular maintenance and periodic roof inspections will identify problems before they cause costly damage to your home.
Learn about the key factors that will determine whether you should repair or replace your roof.
- h) Repairing or Replacing Exterior Wall Materials
Exterior wall materials must prevent rain and snow from penetrating the building and causing moisture damage. Repairing or
replacing exterior wall finishes will protect and preserve the durability and structure of the home.
- i) Energy Efficient Upgrade - Mechanical Systems
Upgrading the heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) equipment is the best way to create a healthy, comfortable and
less expensive home to operate. Before altering these, it is important to understand how the overall performance of the house
will be affected.
- j) Energy Efficient Upgrade - The Building Envelope
The envelope, or outer layer, of your house separates living space from the outdoor elements. Improving it can result in
a better insulated, more airtight home that is easier to heat.
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- k) Assessing the Comfort and Safety of Mechanical Systems
The heating, ventilating and air condition (HVAC) systems are a vital part of your home. Ensure that your mechanical systems
are operating safely and efficiently.
- l) A New Addition
Before building an addition, clearly identify the features you need and inspect the current structure and mechanical
systems to be sure they can support the new addition.