Building materials / Discussions

What is the most efficient passive home design?

...materials with low-embodied energy. Different insulation materials will have different R values per inch - which affects the energy required to operate a Passiv...

Posted by Peter Riley Jan. 29, 2020, 9:01 p.m. Passive House 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

Where can I purchase non-toxic interior wall panels near Laval, Quebec?

...building materials will help protect your indoor air quality , but most basements are built wrong unfortunately and end up rotten and moldy sometimes in a few s...

Posted by Louise Goulet Nov. 30, 2019, 1:14 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Where can I find supplies for a green roof?

...building a green roof can be as easy as it looks in our Green Roof DIY installation video , assuming you have some construction skills and your roof isn’t too c...

Posted by Nadia Naderi Oct. 8, 2020, 6:38 p.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

Where do I find home building resources for owner-builders?

...Building Guide Our building guide is broken down into categories from Concept and design, all the way through best construction practices for sustainable home...

Posted by Alex Angel Sept. 30, 2021, 3:20 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

...materials with a radiant floor: Inert materials such as ceramic, stone or concrete are the best from the point of view health and effectiveness, they have the...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 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

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

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

I need to pull the cellulose from the attic, I have a radiant barrier on the attic ceiling and floor. I am removing the cellulose, but what non toxic insulatio...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What materials should I use for a small plumbing job?

...materials, manufacturing and transportation of finished products. Both are made of recycled materials. So, the difference is mostly about ease and speed of inst...

Posted by H Davis Nov. 28, 2017, 1:30 p.m. Hot water 1 Responses

Where can i buy hemp batt insulation in Western Canada?

...building materials like hemp are a great way to safeguard your indoor air quality if you have respiratory issues or chemical sensitivities . We are just finaliz...

Posted by Jen Moffat Aug. 14, 2020, 11:14 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 4 Responses

Are air purifiers a good option for keeping my apartment air cleaner?

I find the air in my apartment stale and I don't much like the smell. I don't think it's cooking smells and I don't smoke, I just think its the whole building ...

Posted by Chris George Nov. 14, 2017, 10:53 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

What do you think of Legalett Wall Insulation?

...building circles, but we think that EPS insulation may be the best option in the long-term, read more here – Is EPS foam is an eco-friendly insulation? Rega...

Posted by Igal H Aug. 19, 2020, 3:52 p.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

...building materials , I still think there is tremendous potential for material phase changes to be used for energy efficiency , there are just no mainstream prod...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...building materials

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 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