Building with wood / Guides

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

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

...wood siding Wood siding fitted horizontally © Ecohome Pros of Wood Siding: It makes for a great looking traditional finish to the siding on a home. Certainly with FSC wood siding, extraction & manufacturing can be sustainable, and very little pollution is generated in production and manufact...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...within 800 km of Bluewater Health. Providing bicycle racks and shower facilities for building occupants who choose this mode of transportation. “Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Counci...

Hemp insulation products for USA & Canada rolling off the production line
Insulation and soundproofing

Hemp insulation in Canada & USA - insulating naturally is an Eco-friendly alternative

...building materials is growing rapidly among individual builders, as well as architects and general contractors, and the demand is coming from all across Canada & USA " See all about Hemp Building Materials here in the EcoHome Green Building Guides

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

How to find a healthier wood finish

...wood floor finish , but the majority of them are high in VOC's which are detrimental to interior air quality and health. For this reason non-toxic wood floor finishing oils are gaining in popularity. There are a lot of benefits to oiled floors, especially with softwood which are prone to damage - it's very easy to touc...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...Wood Pellet stoves: A pellet stove looks pretty much like any wood stove, and gives you the same localized heat and ambience. But rather than firewood, pellet stoves only burn compressed waste-wood products, grain, seed or corn. One major difference with a pellet stove over a wood stove, is that they have a hopper ...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...with the recent completion of the Beachaus I in the White Rock / South Surrey area of BC near Vancouver, built by Inhaus Developments Ltd. Inside and out the design of this home is not what you would expect from prefab. It's 2085 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a large separate office/studio space and natur...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...wood structure (an alternative to double-stud would be a Larson truss wall, see here for details) jammed with 17” of dense-pack cellulose insulation . A 1-1/2” service cavity inside is capped with drywall, while the exterior is sheathed with 1-1/2” fibreboard, double furring and vertical hemlock siding for a total of R...

DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Wood and organic materials

Two new options of mass timber panels

...with significant advantages over steel or concrete options. There are two products in that general family that have attracted our attention, as they enable longer spans than the traditional CLT, while requiring less wood: Mass plywood panels that use wood veneers instead of solid wood Dowel laminated timber tha...

Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?
Insulation and soundproofing

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster?

...with moisture before exterior weather barriers and roofs protect them from the elements. That means spray foam is applied to wood framing members with absolutely no consideration of the moisture levels of the wood. And what happens when wood dries? Well, it shrinks. And what happens if something solid is stuck to it ...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...building technique. It seems all of these issues (some real, some less so) have been addressed by the marrying of this ancient building technique with modern pre-fab construction practices. Here is what you might have heard and already think about straw bale homes: They are too labour-intensive and therefore expe...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...with detailed framing plans courtesy of Kott Lumber, with each wall planned down to the smallest framing member, including a cut list with the length of each piece. This made the framing process go fast and efficiently and reduced our waste, as the wood order matched the requirements of the walls. Kott also provides ...