Cinderblocks / Guides

Keyhole Garden
Landscaping

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...cinderblocks, landscaping stones, corrugated metal, even cedar logs. The inner compost basket can be constructed from a number of materials including wire or plastic mesh, thatched grass, twine and in many cases a combination of several materials. 3.) Construct: You can create your circle by staking the middle of the...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

...cinderblocks, bringing the poly barrier up the wall and sealing it to the rim joists will provide you with an air barrier . Preparing a crawlspace for vapour barriers and insulation: First clear the space as much as possible so you have room to move around. Ensure there won't be any problems with bulk water accumul...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...cinderblocks, it is best to insulate them from the outside to avoid introducing a new environmental strain where they will be subject to freeze and thaw cycles. Excavating and insulating from the exterior will help keep them in their current condition. This is important with stone and cinderblock foundations in particu...

Patio stones with very low greenhouse gas emissions
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

A new cement block manufacturing process developed by an American company named Solidia Technologies® produces 40% fewer emissions during manufacturing than conventional concrete, resulting in a dramatically lower environmental footprint. Solidia’s concrete is formulated with less lime and is cured at lower temperatur...