Materials and resources

Concrete, wood and steel structures
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete

A life cycle analysis of the three major materials used as structural support for buildings

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Bathroom with refinished claw foot tub and barn board trim in a home c
Materials and resources

Finding environmentally friendly materials

Green materials don’t start and end with whether or not they are recyclable or contain recycled content. There are many factors to consider when searching fo...

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Patio stones with very low greenhouse gas emissions
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

This type of concrete reduces the carbon emissions by 70%, fuel consumption by 30% and water use by 80%.

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Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

Finding used building materials on classified lists and through online brokers

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DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Wood and organic materials

Two new options of mass timber panels

Two new types of mass timber panels similar to cross-laminated timber are hitting the North American construction market

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Choosing house sheathing
Wood and organic materials

Which is better, OSB or plywood sheathing?

Both plywood and OSB have benefits and drawbacks, the most important thing is to understand and respect their limitations to avoid a wall failures.

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Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

Recycled building materials can add character to a home while you save money and reduce building waste in landfills.

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Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

The sight of a tree falling can easily trigger something even in the most unlikely environmentalist. Ignoring that visual, wood can be a much greener materia...

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Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

Undeniably the most ecological framing material, wood is both a renewable resource and one that serves to reduce greenhouse gas emissions when used in place ...

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Diving to retrieve sunken timber from the log drive
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Reclaiming sunken timber from the log drive

Salvage companies are pulling up logs from the bottoms of rivers, where a century and a half of log drives has left behind a lot of great wood.

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Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

The rise of urban logging

Felled trees in residential areas have most often been either burned as waste, or taken to landfills. With the help of portable mills and tree salvage compan...

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