Building materials / Discussions

What is the best wall design for cold climates?

...building envelope. There is not one perfect wall system we would point you towards, but rather give you some tips on how to determine that yourself. The buildin...

Posted by Jeremy Hull Jan. 20, 2021, 10:21 a.m. Concept and design 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

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...building is not a wise. I’m wondering if perhaps you misread that? You should never put a vapor barrier on the exterior of a wall in a cold climate, which Minne...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Where can I donate all my construction tools/supplies?

...building materials online . You could even make a whole bunch of friends in your neighbourhood if you hand them out as needed. Sorry we don’t have a more solid ...

Posted by Sam Djam Nov. 30, 2020, 3:54 p.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 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

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

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 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

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

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

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 can I find building plans for an eco home?

...materials carefully – natural insulation materials and non-toxic building materials protect indoor air quality , and will usually pollute less during manufactur...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 5 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

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

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