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 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...

"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 declared so, because they have reached the end of their safe flying days. While most of us might be fine riding in rusty old cars, few of us would climb into a ru...

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 can be trapped inside wall assemblies (referred to as perched water ). Correctly installed siding should also allow air to flow through from top to bottom, tak...

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...

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 air quality . We aren't advocating stripping every home to the studs and starting over, but as you make repairs and changes or start a new building project, there...

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...cladding, it can be an effective air barrier if installed as such. Water vapor can pass through easily, but air cannot. The problem with it being relied upon as an air barrier is that it is rarely if ever installed with that in mind, so it rarely does a good job at it. An installation crew would need to be diligent w...

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 privacy. The interior of the Fincube can be customized according to the users wishes and requirements. The modular and double-sided functional wall panels al...

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...

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 brick will devalue your home. How much does it cost to paint a brick house? The average cost to repaint a brick house will likely run in the area of $5 USD per ...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...cladding material. Beyond its quantitative sustainable design achievements, the beautiful Skygarden House high performance renovation refit project is an ideal example of how existing inefficient and leaky buildings can be refurbished in a green way to support both the physical and psychological health of their occup...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...cladding which reduce maintenance. What do I need to know about windows? The energy efficiency of windows has come a long way in the last couple of decades . Frames are better insulated and more durable now, air seals are better, and gas-filled cavities between double and even triple panes are the norm. You will ...