Used building materials / Discussions

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

...used building 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...

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

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

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 do a Vapour Barrier in a Dense Pack Cellulose Wall?

...building inspector to sign off on a wall design they haven’t seen before, like for example the house we did a couple of years ago where we used a vapour retarde...

Posted by Ian MacKay July 26, 2018, 2:48 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 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

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

How do you design and build a 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

Can I use an old patio door thermal pane as the cover for a solar air heater?

...building materials saves money and saves useable materials from ending up in a landfill. So if I understand correctly you are using the layered screen technique...

Posted by Fred Miller May 20, 2019, 11:44 a.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Are Insulated Concrete Forms and Gigacrete panels good?

...building materials, but haven't seen a lot of passive houses built with these materials. Is there a reason why? They seem to be a pretty efficient method of bui...

Posted by Dallin Sumpter Feb. 21, 2019, 2:46 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 5 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

...used for insulating water lines , like a simple foam sheath, which offers an insulating value of roughly R-2. This is what is typically used in residential cons...

Posted by Cooper Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

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

...materials such as hardwood or other flooring materials, and if done with non-toxic sealant like a concrete densifier, the result is an affordable, healthy and e...

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

Is it OK putting 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation good?

...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

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

...used for your design withough the approval of an engineer - often if a building is sitting on bedrock or if it has enough clean 3/4" stone around it (no organic...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

What is the best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?

...building science for your climate to design your wall, no matter the materials you choose to use. Assuming you are in a cold climate, you would still need som...

Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

...materials they are using, or that there actually are different properties. You are for sure on the right track, and here is a video on building science basics t...

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 6 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...building basements properly in new homes - Best practices for building basements in new homes Now that we got that stuff out of the way.... here are some mo...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses