Building with wood / Guides

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...building) the house cost a lot more than we had anticipated and took a lot longer than expected—a nearly universal complaint of those involved with such projects—but we are very happy with the outcome. We moved in around the first of January, 2014, just in time to give the superinsulated house a real test in what wou...

Using caulk to make a seal, but which type is best?
Air and vapour barriers

Which is the best caulk or sealant for caulking windows and bathrooms etc?

...building . The problem with air penetration in buildings goes beyond heated air escaping from a nice cozy house, or indeed hot air getting in - it's the potential for causing interstitial condensation within walls that causes hidden problems of wood rot and building decay in the exterior structure. Caulking on the outs...

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. ...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...wood-frame walls with polyiso foil-faced insulation panels [with zero HCFCs] eliminates thermal bridging, and helps the walls to achieve R-35. As described earlier, natural ventilation in the summer reduces energy needs for cooling. We sourced some salvaged materials for the beauty they would bring to the project. Th...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...wood stoves and pellet stoves are either EPA-certified or meet the CSA B 415 standard. High performance masonry heaters and wood cook stoves are exempt. Combustion space and water heating equipment (such as natural gas) must be either closed combustion, have power-vented exhaust, be detached from the building, or...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...without knowing that variable, there was no way to accurately assess the total ecological impact of a building. Using this tool builds on the adoption of BIM or building information modeling, which is another associated construction industry trend that will carry over into 2020. BIM is a way of representing buildings...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...Building the first certified Passive House on Vancouver Island, a duplex shared with our son Mark’s family, convinced us that the market in Victoria was ready for Passive House market condominiums. To follow through, we built the North Park Passive house, a six-unit urban infill market condominium. Even with little m...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...with some of the above, but it will also let you know how long you will spend on the Heel-Toe Express with a bag of groceries in each arm. Identify your most frequented types of service to make sure they are within a suitable range. Evaluating a home before purchase : Unless you are experienced in construction (and...

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...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...building techniques here : Compare the carbon footprint of wood v steel v concrete buildings Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters

...with any porous material, we recommend a food-safe sealer. Butcher Block $2500-$6000 One of the easier DIY materials choices: wood is a renewable resource, and with a non-toxic finish this can be one of the healthiest and ecologically sensible choices. It's best to use a hardwood like maple for example, thoug...