Recycled materials / Discussions

Do you buy used building materials if they are in good condition?

...materials, even if you only get a few bucks for them it's better than sending them to a landfill. Check out the page below, it has a list of a few places that w...

Posted by Cheryl Nicholson Sept. 5, 2018, 7:03 p.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

How do I sell my construction materials?

...materials online, the following page can help you figure out how and were you can do that regionally - Where to buy and sell used building materials I hope ...

Posted by Eshwari Chauke April 20, 2020, 3:04 a.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 2 Responses

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

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

We are interested in the steel panel cladding on your Prefab house. Is it from a local supplier? Is there anyone who sells recycled metal cladding? Great q...

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

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

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

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

Can you add external insulation to a brick home?

...materials since most paints will traps moisture, and in a cold climate like Chicago, the freeze / thaw cycle can cause them to crack. So insulating the exterior...

Posted by Rachel Kaiser April 2, 2020, 9:11 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best foam board insulation under drywall

...recycled content, it handles incidental moisture far better than fiberglass insulation, it has a higher R value per inch than fiberglass and it’s a good for sou...

Posted by Wesley Pracht Jan. 11, 2020, 8:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...materials or cost comparisons? There are a variety of products and techniques, I’m glad you found our relevant pages but I will still go over some general infor...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses