Building materials / Discussions

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 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

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...building lot How to build a home on shoestring budget Slab on grade construction step-by-step Flexible house design Where to buy used building materials...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Is there a safe MDF? formaldehyde & anti-fungicide free, etc? Or a green sealant?

...building materials , there are non-structural boards that could be ripped into strips for trim if that is what you were looking for the MDF for.

Posted by Elize St Charles May 23, 2020, 10:52 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 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

Is it OK to put 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation?

...Building Materials Research Report by the Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. these materials are listed as incompatible. Vinyl siding has a high coefficient of exp...

Posted by Roger Smith Nov. 12, 2019, 6:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?

...building our own simple design but know we'd need help, advice, resources, etc to make it happen - we're coming in from Montreal, so we're not very familiar wit...

Posted by Jennifer Bisson July 12, 2019, 12:12 p.m. Planning and Design 2 Responses

What is the proper location of a vapor barrier in a home in New York State?

...materials will have to go to a landfill whereas if you did it with batt insulation both the batts and studs could be reused. About the toxicity, yes you are w...

Posted by Michael Boice Jan. 15, 2022, 10:18 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

Is hydronic slab heat appropriate in a super insulated home?

I'm designing our new home in Anchorage, Alaska (building zone 7) to be insulated to R-40 or better ICF walls and an appropriate level of insulation in the roo...

Posted by Andrew Wright Feb. 3, 2021, 3:26 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

How you vent a metal roof?

...Building Code, and building just to meet Code won't help you in terms of energy efficiency - to think of it in its true essence, 'Building Code' requirements ar...

Posted by Kim jarrett July 12, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

Where can I buy green home building plans and blue prints?

...Building Guide pages , and if you don't find all you need, drop us another question here. I am planning on building on east coast in the future and I will be ...

Posted by Moyra Francis Oct. 25, 2019, 5:55 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

How do you do a vapor barrier in a dense pack cellulose wall?

...building inspectors? I can see how it doesn’t exactly look like a vapor barrier in the diagram as it is black, but it is one. What you see on the interior of th...

Posted by Ian MacKay July 26, 2018, 2:48 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

Cost to install alternative wall panels to drywall?

...materials/labour would likely not be much more than $3-5/sq ft. Thanks! Drywall is not the only way to finish walls, though it is the most common, and in most...

Posted by Adrian Baerlocher Nov. 12, 2021, 3:58 p.m. Walls and Roofs 4 Responses

What is the approximate cost per square foot for an ECOHOME?

...materials, performance etc. Building materials have seen a massive increase in price lately, that hasn’t helped matters either for determining cost. This page...

Posted by anna franz April 13, 2021, 3:43 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

What is the best material to build kitchen cabinets with?

...building materials you can choose from. What material is best for a Non-toxic/Off-gas Countertop in your opinion? Here is our page about Kitchen Counter Optio...

Posted by Rebecca Lisle Naugher Sept. 19, 2021, 2:28 p.m. Kitchens 5 Responses

Does electricity free pellet stove comes in 23'' or less to fit my wall ?

...materials such as walls, and I say that just in case your space limitations are due to having walls on either side. I would check with your regional building ...

Posted by Peter Kutschy April 21, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

...Building Guide Pages that may help Why are Basements Moldy? Preventing moisture when you insulate your basement Building better basements: how to insula...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses