Building with wood / Guides

Choosing a home and neighbourhood
Real estate

Shopping for a home? Some tips for finding the right house and neighbourhood

...Building Guide and in the following pages: See LEED and Passive House ready prefab eco homes For Canada and the US How to design a home for thermal comfort and energy efficiency Moving to the country? Find out how to make that work! Compare the carbon footprint of wood v steel vs. concrete build...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...building supply stores. Jointed pine doors Jointed wood refers to smaller pieces that are machine grooved and glued together. They are strong, and enable the use of smaller pieces of wood that have limited use. Pros: They are cheaper than solid wood, last a long time, use post-industrial material, don't c...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...buildings EC3 Tool – The background - The interest in the environmental impact of buildings is not new by any means: scientists and building experts have been studying the life cycle analysis of buildings for several decades , particularly for certain materials such as the impact of structures built of wood versus st...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...with wood. Even if you follow the suggestions above, you will likely end up needing a dumpster for all but the smallest of projects. Look for private or municipal recycling centers, and if you are pursuing a green building certification like LEED, the center would need to provide a report of how much of your waste ...

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...building materials comes from natural building products such as strawbales, wood for framing , cellulose insulation , hemp insulation , insulated wood fiberboard panels , MDF panels made from rice , and other wood products such as formaldehyde-free OSB or plywood . There is a growing trend in the green home building ...

How to Build Homes & Protect Homes to Stop Wildfires
Concept and design

How to protect your home from fire - a burning need to know.

...with no combustible material (e.g. roads and rivers). Fourth, flammable building materials (think asphalt shingles) are a concern if they are not fire-rated. But, Wright said in the California fires the main concern was closer to the ground - mulch, dry leaves, wood decks and wood or vinyl siding at or near grade level...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...Building videos here The Edelweiss LEED Platinum V4 Demo House has been oriented towards the south to increase passive heat gain and reduce energy demand during operation. Choosing higher quality windows on all sides of your home will mean reduced heat loss over a poorer quality window, and with the right windows on ...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...wood with structural insulated panels A SIP wall is a foam panel with sheathing (usually OSB) glued to each side. The panels themselves are structural, so you avoid needing all the lumber you would find for a typically framed house. Houses insulated with foam still have a bit of a bad rap within the green building co...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...wood framing, recycled paper (cellulose insulation), and wood fiber insulation panels . Double-framed wall construction with two offset rows of 2x4s studs injected with high-density cellulose insulation that will not settle over time The panelized prefab wall assembly was designed to dry outward, with glued, stic...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...wood finish to it. Most engineered hardwood products can be added to a slab on grade without risk of cupping and cracking. Such wood can be found pre-finished so you don’t have the detrimental health effects from the VOC's from varnish applied onsite, or you can purchase raw wood and apply a non-toxic natural wood fini...

Lockeport Beach House
Real estate

Lockeport Beach House wins Canadian Green Building award

...with low-energy consumption and net zero water use. A simple and elegant building that speaks to a different way of living in harmony with the environment. Within a protected cove along the south shore of Nova Scotia, at the end of a stretch of sand, a river empties out into the sea. Time and tides have created a one...