Cladding / Guides

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 c...

"The Boneyard" in Arizona, the world’s biggest aircraft graveyard
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Old airplane fuselage is finding a new life as recycled building material.

They might be parked a little more precisely than an auto wrecking yard, but that doesn’t mean they will ever fly again. Decommissioned aircraft have been decl...

Passive Solar Index Home - super high efficiency
Passive solar home design

Passive Solar Index Home Case Study

...Cladding Description of the envelope - Insulation values Aboveground walls: R60 Roof: R100 Slab on floor: R30 Slab construction Base consisting ...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...cladding? The air space between cladding and sheathing doesn't need to be great but it needs to allow continuous drainage without creating pockets where water...

The Fincube tin house
Tiny house

The Fincube off-grid tiny house

...cladding. This feature turns the Fincube into an architectural landmark while at the same time protecting you from the heat of the summer sun and providing full...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

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

...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 ai...

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-ro...

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

All about painting brick, is it a good idea and what paint to use?

...cladding likely won’t do it in all but the most extreme case of either damaged bricks, or just plain ugly ones! In fact, it is just as likely that painting bric...

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-ro...

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

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...cladding requires horizontal strapping, be sure to do a vertical layer first to allow for drainage) Cladding This is not some theoretical untested wall sy...

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

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

...cladding is the same as siding, furring strips are the same as strapping. Those and your weather barrier all installed properly are what defines a ventilated ra...