Brick / Guides

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

All about painting brick, is it a good idea and what paint to use?

...brick works: Rather than forming a coating on the brick, these waterborne mineral paints cause a chemical reaction that permanently binds them to the brick substrate. These are silica-based products that are biocompatible with bricks and stone and are actually absorbed into the surface of the brick. The pigments of...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...Brick and stone exterior finishes for homes Rustic Brick Wall Finish © Marlon Bunday Pros of brick wall finishes: Very low maintenance and its performance is excellent. Brick and stone resist weathering, and are virtually unassailable from pests, insects, mold, and fire. Cons of brick wa...

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

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...bricks listed. You can sometimes even find used brick listed on Ebay and there are certainly houses that deal soley in reclaimed brick. You can find a primer here on identifying various types of brick and their properties and if you plan to be reclaiming the old bricks for re-use yourself here is a good resource on c...


Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...brick placed in the path of the sun to act as thermal storage. Windows are triple pane, fibreglass framed, argon filled with an average R value of 4.5. Window glazing is 91% south facing to avoid heat loss and maximise solar heat gain. Exterior durability measures include a metal roof and fascia, electrically control...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...brick and structural timbers. Numerous locally sourced materials are incorporated. And some components are cutting-edge technology, such as the bifacial solar panels tied into the Ontario government’s FIT [Feed-in Tariff] program . This house is a merging of old and new eco-friendly architectural technologies. First ...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...Brick Water permeable laneway © Anna Demaree Recycled brick and stone water permeable walkway © Larkspur Garden Design

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...brick walls while adding high-performance insulation [previously there was no insulation] and ample high performance glazing to take advantage of solar gain in the winter and spring. Specific design techniques were employed to increase perceptually and physically the limited interior space—visually by extending the e...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...brick will absorb the most heat. For walls you can simply add a second layer of drywall (or more), if you want to keep a traditional look. A high quality window choice is important, and to truly invest in this concept you are best to install at least triple pane gas-filled windows with low-e coatings to ensure that t...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...brick, stone, tile and plaster) rather than cast iron like wood and pellet stoves. Masonry heaters are an extremely efficient way to heat with wood, as they burn efficiently, and the exhaust gas is directed through a lengthy series of heat exchange channels that warm the stone. masonry heater image via Pinterest ...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...brick? So, what is a wall system? Your wall system is an environmental separator between outside and inside . Its intent is to slow the movement of heat and air between outside and in, and manage moisture infiltration from both sides. There have been many changes over the previous few decades in building codes, b...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...brick and solid wood . Early construction materials were either unharmed by moisture or put in an environment where they were able to dry. Houses were poorly or completely uninsulated and they devoured the cheap energy that was available in the past, drawing in endless fresh air and removing moisture. We just kept pump...