Building with wood / Guides

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...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...Buildings certified to Passive House require up to 90% less heating and cooling energy than an average building. The Bella Bella project was seen as an opportunity to put this change into practice. An RFP (request for proposal) was issued for a design/ build contract, including a basic program, design criteria and th...

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 ...

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...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...with cork floor, reclaimed wood ceiling & zero-VOC Kitchen © Ecohome The reclaimed wood doors give the Edelweiss LEED platinum home extra points and some added charm © Ecohome Rooms are flooded with light with carefully placed windows © Ecohome ...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...with electricity a more realistic option in regions with high peak rates. A radiant floor can be charged with heat overnight during low rate hours, and timed to stay off during peak rate hours. Comfort: Contrary to what most people would naturally assume to be true, a thermostat reading your chosen 'room temperature'...

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...

Shipping Container Homes in a Warm Climate might be a good option
Tiny house

Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates

...with wide opening windows for ventilation, generous roof overhangs to shade the large glass area, and tiled floors. It's minimalist, but we do like the style of this Tiny House, the wood elements certainly give warmth to the simple yet elegant design. These off-grid shipping container tiny homes operate on solar in t...

Techniques for reducing sound transmission in buildings
Insulation and soundproofing

Controlling sound transmission in buildings

...wood joists. The design parameters exceed those used to develop the regression equations used in this program. The errors associated with predictions made for such designs would have unknown error limits. Understanding sound transmission in buildings Design for greater sound attenuation with the Socrates To...

Healthy Home Offices - Natural Biophilic Design Ideas
Interior design and furnishing

How do you create a healthy home office? With Biophilic Interior Design

...with its southing sounds, as well as offer a bit of white noise if you happen to be forced to work at home with kids or a working partner. Standing desks and ergonomic chairs One of the downsides of the stuffier office environments is the impact a sedentary life has on physical health . Sitting staring at a compute...

Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Larsen truss wall systems with double-stud construction & extra insulation for new homes & energy efficient home renovation

...building & renovations for max wall insulation A Larsen Truss is a type of lightweight & non structural double-stud wall assembly that allows for thicker insulation, is ideal for dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems and a very high R-value building envelope without many of the problems associated with doubl...