Choosing cladding / Guides

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

Keep vinyl out of your home (albums excluded of course)

...Choosing healthy and durable flooring materials Choosing green kitchen countertops Wood or metal siding for exterior cladding Fiberglass window frames Wooden baby toys and chairs There are a lot of toxic materials in homes and they have a cumulative effect on indoor air quality . We aren't advocating stripp...

Tyvek home wrap left exposed to wind and UV rays
Air and vapour barriers

Choosing the right house wrap / weather barrier, which is best?

A technical guide to understanding the role weather barriers and rainscreens play in a wall, choosing the right products and installation tips for optimum performance. They're officially known as water-resistive barriers or WRBs, sometimes weather-resistive barriers, but in practical terms they are more commonly cal...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

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

...cladding you choose to put on the exterior of your home. Rain, UV rays and humidity are the three main factors that will cause the siding of your home to age and deteriorate, sizable overhangs can help protect you from the first 2 out of 3. Along with protecting your siding, shading techniques play an essential role ...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...choosing the right building insulation for the right application Once you determine the approximate amount of insulation you want to install on exterior walls and the type(s) of insulation you are open to using, then you need to find a way to attach /apply it securely to the outside of the walls in a manner that pres...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...Choosing a slab on grade instead of a basement leads to a significant reduction in the use of concrete, as all the walls of the home are made of wood. The First S1600 house built was an Ecohome concept house with a slab-on-grade solar air-heated radiant floor. Natural building materials reduce emissions The...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...choosing wood for framing, Canadian Lumber Standard timber commonly referred to as CLS wood timber became popular in Canada for building strong and durable timber-framed homes but is rarely referred to as CLS lumber in North America. This timber is usually manufactured from kiln-dried fir, pine, or spruce. It is then t...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...choosing wood for framing see here . Ten Tips for building better decks: This is where we are hoping to tap into the collective brain power of all deck builders out there . Through trial and error and sharing ideas we can all up the quality of our builds, so if you have tips of your own to add please drop them on t...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...cladding, fences, long-lasting decking ), it should be oiled about every 10-15 years, which is fairly standard for exterior wood treatment. It will retain its colour better and will remain water-resistant longer if it is well-maintained. For interior purposes where it will mostly be seen and not touched, it will requ...

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?

...cladding materials were chosen for the ecological characteristics , low maintenance requirements and their durability: Cedar cladding with its natural anti-rot properties Sheet metal cladding – durable and 100% recyclable at the end of its life Metal roofing Chosen High-Performance Cladding & Roofing Material...

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?

...cladding materials were chosen for the ecological characteristics , low maintenance requirements and their durability: Cedar cladding with its natural anti-rot properties Sheet metal cladding – durable and 100% recyclable at the end of its life Metal roofing Chosen High-Performance Cladding & Roofing Material...

Choosing between OSB or Plywood for house sheathing for Roofs, Walls & Floors.
Wood and organic materials

Which is better, OSB or Plywood for Roofs, Walls & Floors?

...cladding material and detailing to ensure that no significant amounts of water reach the interface between the extruded polystyrene insulation and the vapour permeable sheathing membrane. This risk may dictate the use of insulation products with high vapour permeability and low water retention, such as mineral fibre." ...