Wood

 
DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Two new types of mass timber panels similar to cross-laminated timber are hitting the North American construction market. The commercial construction sector has warmly embraced cross-laminated timber (CLT) in recent years, taking advantage of it as the base structure, but also as a...
Choosing house sheathing
Both plywood and OSB have benefits and drawbacks, the most important thing is to understand and respect their limitations to avoid a wall failures. . Odds are, that if you pass a housing development of wood-framed houses, it will have OSB (oriented strand board) as exterior...
Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Shou sugi ban burnt wood exterior cladding is naturally made and very durable. What is Shou sugi...
Wood frame construction
Solid wood and various wood-based products are used for framing, insulating and finishing. Here is a brief rundown on the different products you have to choose from, and their proper applications. Text adapted by Natalie Pavey Framing lumber Framing lumber, also known as...
Interior sheathing wood frame construction
3/4 inch OSB sheathing on the interior can be an excellent air barrier and a great vapour barrier as well. We are currently in an evolutionary period of home construction. The old standby wall recipe of 2x6s, glass fiber insulation and polyethylene saw us through the last few decades...
Timber frame construction
Undeniably the most ecological framing material, wood is both a renewable resource and one that serves to reduce greenhouse gas emissions when used in place of other materials. Text adapted by Natalie Pavey The environmental advantages of wood frame construction: As the only...
Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Felled trees in residential areas have most often been either burned as waste, or taken to landfills. With the help of portable mills and tree salvage companies, better use is being made of this valuable resource. It's always a bit sad to watch an old and seemingly healthy tree come...
Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
The sight of a tree falling can easily trigger something even in the most unlikely environmentalist. Ignoring that visual, wood can be a much greener material choice than many others if you put some thought into selection. Finding sustainable wood: We live in a country with over...