Durable construction / Guides

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

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

Straw Bale Homes, are they any good? Traditional straw bale home construction can be a low-tech and affordable route to a very ecologically responsible home ...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...construction. Given these advantages, architects are now re-acquiring the know-how for timber construction and some organizations are specifically promoting t...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...construction company specializing in the design and construction of green homes. Patrick is trained in business administration and information management, and i...

PSI

Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...Durable, User friendly, Resilient and Engaging. This split level home was built on a 6 inch thick concrete slab-on-grade (insulated to R60) and is as durable as...

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

...construction © Draesel Construction of Calgary Engineered lumber products for construction also make use of short pieces of wood that might otherwise be h...

Real estate

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

...durable and have a much longer lifespan. More here on choosing durable roof coverings. Windows: Quality is hard to judge by sight, but look to see if they are...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...construction phase, and be the link between evaluators and project managers during the certification process. Where can homes earn LEED certification? LEED ...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

1. Asphalt shingles: Asphalt shingles © Ecohome We’ll start with shingles to get it out of the way, because choosing an eco-friendly, durable roof cove...

Hemp fibreboard and Hemp insulation - the Green Building choice
Wood and organic materials

Hemp building supplies

Hemp is a very sustainable construction material that is no longer just a fringe product; rather, it is becoming a more accessible mainstream building product,...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...durable. Maybe the latest generation of laminate countertops for kitchens & bathrooms merits a second look when building or renovating sustainably for a greener...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...construction is required in order to meet the high standard for a Passive House including an airtight building structure , thick walls, solid windows and doors....