Building materials / Discussions

Is Blum hardware LBC compliant or free of Red List components?

...Materials Red List refers to the most harmful building materials on the market as laid out by the International Living Future Institute; materials on the list m...

Posted by Phil Lipton Aug. 27, 2019, 10:45 a.m. Kitchens 2 Responses

Preferred lumber type for framing. DF or YP

...building codes, and what lumber is available nearby. Here is our page all about choosing the right wood for framing, it will help you chose the right one for yo...

Posted by Mike Thompson April 17, 2021, 12:12 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

What is the best wall & insulation combination for Colorado?

...materials like wood fiber board, hemp batt insulation or dense packed cellulose which we recently used when building our recent demo house on a Legalett slab. P...

Posted by Jacob Johannessen July 2, 2020, 11:13 a.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Where can I find formaldehyde free cabinets that aren't plywood?

...Building Challenge often need solid wood cabinetry because formaldehyde is on the Red List of materials , which includes phenol formaldehyde used in the zero VO...

Posted by Camille Young Dec. 3, 2019, 7:56 p.m. Kitchens 3 Responses

Where can I get steel cladding like on your prefab house?

...building materials Hi Thank you for responding to my question. We are in Wakefield, QC We love the cladding that you have done on the S1600 prefab kit (we wen...

Posted by Flower Lunn March 1, 2020, 2:27 p.m. Walls and Roofs 2 Responses

Can you help me choose between a slab on grade and pressure treated wood foundation?

...building materials such as zero VOC paints and finishes, formaldehyde-free plywood for cabinetry, recycled quartz counters etc. If you have chemical sensitivi...

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

...materials, more external walls to heat, and a bigger ecological footprint. Please explain, thanks. Your question raises pertinent points. Basements are certai...

Posted by Geri P Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Which of the passive home prefab kits are available in Quebec?

We are looking to build a passive home in Gore Quebec and are looking for a builder to guide us through our best options for prefab materials / kits. All of th...

Posted by Shawna Dunbar June 16, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What type of insulation should I use ?

...building materials and furniture and they are somewhat controversial, read more here about keeping fire retardants out of homes . From the concerns you list off...

Posted by Dawn Wood Feb. 5, 2021, 12:02 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Does slab on grade need to have in floor heating?

We are building a house and debating on slab on grade vs crawl space. It will be a 4 season house/camp that we will live in for a few years while we build our ...

Posted by Lauren Panzani Nov. 13, 2020, 11:06 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Is polyiso board or styrofoam best for insulating when finishing a basement in CO?

...Building below grade is a very different beast that building above grade, and the most common mistake builders make is building basements walls the same way the...

Posted by Evan B. Nov. 21, 2019, 8 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What type of batting insulation is best for kids rooms that are being remodeled?

...building materials for home renovations, I would first point you to this page that lists different types of insulation along with their uses, and a general idea...

Posted by HyungMi Kook Oct. 14, 2021, 8:27 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best deck material?

...materials are best for decking and for how to build durable deck that will last you will find what you need on this page - 10 top tips for deck building so th...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:10 a.m. Decks, porches and gazebos 1 Responses

What is the best way to do Stucco/E.I.F.S exterior window wraps?

...building tape. You can either purchase a flashing pan to collect and divert water or you can build your own with the right materials like we did in the window...

Posted by Pat Estes July 17, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Is it worth investing in triple-pane windows?

...building materials available when the full life cycle is considered. “[the manufacturing of] Vinyl is the largest use of chlorine gas in the world, consuming ...

Posted by K.P. July 8, 2017, 12:39 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

...building materials , but first let’s start with the right amount of insulation . Can you tell us what climate zone you are building in, or simply what area plea...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house by square foot?

...building budget Tips for a successful renovation or house build And here is a short list of things that affect building cost - 1– Corners are expensive:...

Posted by Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...building this house? Of course, we are interested in health/comfort, lower energy cost and longevity during the ownership of the house. Basement space is a nice...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses