Building with wood / Guides

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...with your own wood: If there are trees that have to come down, see about finding a use for them. Hire someone with a portable mill and build with wood from your lot. Rather than carting it away to a land fill or burning it off, build with it. Not only is it local, you can save money. 4. Look into small eco-developmen...

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'...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...building envelopes. If you are custom building a new home, your best chance for a comfortable and efficient final product would come by employing a designer who leans towards high-performance (experience with Passive House practices is a bonus), and selecting a general contractor who won't clash with your designer an...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...without penetrating the air barrier 3 / 4 inch OSB sheathing (with taped joints) 2x8 studs with mineral wool batts in cavities (R28) 4 inch wax-impregnated wood fiberboard on the exterior to provide a drainage plane, break the thermal bridge (R13.4) Vertical strapping (if your cladding requires horizontal strap...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...building industry to provide us with homes that we assume meet some realistic standard of resilience. They do to an extent, but a very minor extent. Assuming the climate putters along with relative normalcy, your home will keep you warm, dry and powered-up with hot dinners, warm showers and endless entertainment at you...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...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...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...Building Guide pages . Which rigid foam insulation panels to use where - Polyiso v EPS v Styrofoam & alternatives Compare the carbon footprint of wood v steel vs. concrete buildings Why building a green sustainable home is the most affordable option The best resilient design features for new hom...

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...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...building materials and surface finishes. Especially when you consider the fact that modern high-efficiency and airtight buildings keep all the polluted air in unless they're fitted with a proper ERV or HRV ventilation unit. Since an increasingly large number of homeowners (and particularly children with young lungs t...

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...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...with reading building plans, I have put up the final house plan with all building details, here . These don't often seem to be shared, but I am not too concerned about someone copying our home; if you would like to borrow any details, please do so. We built a cathedral ceiling using a single pitched shed-style roof. ...