Choosing wood siding / Guides

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

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

...Siding Installation here . Solid 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 ...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

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

...siding, windows, the list goes on. We have surrounded ourselves with the stuff. So what can we do? Slowly but surely, remove it from your life. Here are some alternatives: Glass shower doors Choosing healthy and durable flooring materials Choosing green kitchen countertops Wood or metal siding for exterior ...

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

...wood siding: $8 to $20 per square foot installed, depending on type of wood, style and the complexity of the job. Expected siding lifespan: Durability of 40 to 55 years if the wood siding is regularily & carefully maintained Note: There are companies that offer pre-painted wood siding products, a quality that you...

Real estate

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

...wood siding will need repainting every 15 years or so; figure out how far away you are from future maintenance costs. Look around the base of siding and at the corners for signs of rot and water damage. Read more about choosing exterior siding . Type and condition of roof: Shingles don't have a very long life span, s...

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

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

...wood and concrete are equally benign, so this could be a good start to creating a healthy home. To read about choosing the right insulation , or natural insulation such as Hemp , how wood structures compare to steel & concrete for carbon footprint, or learn about Passive House prefab kit homes , visit the EcoHome Gre...

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 a house wrap, which is best? How to choose between OSB and Plywood sheathing for Walls The difference between air barriers and vapor barriers How to install siding so walls can dry How to install windows properly in high-performance walls Find more about green home construction in...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...wood keeping you warm, but this myth has been dispelled by software energy modelling. They are also highly prone to air-infiltration du to cracks, also known as ‘checking’ and use enormous amounts of wood. Wood has an R-value of somewhere just over 1 per inch, so for an 8 inch wall you are looking at less than R10. So ...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...wood makes for an easier meal for termites, so repairing any leaks and moisture damage will help with prevention, as well as well as keeping wood a safe distance from the ground to avoid saturation with moisture (at least 8 inches or more). For house durability reasons along with insect prevention, direct storm water...

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

...Wood and cellulose insulation : the walls and roof of the house are framed with FSC certified wood and are insulated with cellulose (shredded recycled newsprint ), and wood fiber panels. Metal and cedar siding and roofing: the exterior cladding of walls and roofs was done using steel, with the gable end walls finishe...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

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

...wood is pretty simple; it takes little more than a quick hand-sanding if necessary, and wiping on a single coat of oil. Shou sugi ban siding and torrefied wood: There is a related wood treatment called torrefied wood or thermo-modified wood , where milled planks are baked in a high-temperature oven. Virtually all t...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...choosing a home to retire into." says Benoit Gingras - President of Batiment Pre-fab, the manufacturers This contemporary prefab Eco Home is the perfect mix of affordability, quality and performance © Studio MMA This room is visually and functionally enlarged by the adjoining deck area . Enclosed to the roa...