Durable construction / Guides

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...construction via National Research Council Canada Multi-story wood frame construction: To date, the Stathaus building in London, also known as the Timber Tower, is the tallest timber construction in the world, consisting of 8 wood floors and 1 floor on a concrete platform. It was built using a structural system p...

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

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

...construction practices. Here is what you might have heard and already think about straw bale homes: They are too labour-intensive and therefore expensive. They can't handle the humid climate. The risk of water damage during construction is too great. They look like a gnome's house. They will be infested with bugs a...

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...durable during the construction phase than the 6 mil poly. More on radon protection : Removing radon gas from well water Removing radon gas from crawlspaces & basements From the EcoHome Green Home Building Guides

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 kitchen counters, but it works. These counters are made of 100% recycled paper. The binding agents are completely GreenGuard certified and made with a cashew nut resin. The product is very durable and resistant to water and heat. Counters are available in thicknesses ranging from ¼ to 2 inches and come in a v...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...durable building material. And if you live within 2400km of Saguenay, you can get a black, grey or charcoal counters now and still get that last crucial LEED point. For more on how to build healthy kitchens , Choosing eco-friendly and healthy countops and all about sustainable home construction, check out the Ecohome...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...construction can potentially save you tens of thousands of dollars during construction and leave you with a final product that is extremely durable, energy efficient and does not pollute your indoor air as so many finshed flooring products do, not to mention moldy basements. So those are the “pros”, and I would be re...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...construction - especially if choosing carbon negative concrete CMU blocks using Carbicrete and also low-carbon concrete from CarbonCure . Steel stands out for its speed and efficiency in construction. It's relative light weight and ease of construction allows for a workforce about 10 to 20% smaller compared to a simi...

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

...construction and operation. The result of this low-carbon design approach: Calculating the carbon footprint of its construction, and assuming a 60-year lifecycle of the home, the total carbon emissions of the S-1600 amount to 10.6 tons of CO2, which is 6 times lower than code compliant construction of an equivalent...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...construction while keeping to a reasonable budget. During this time, I met Benoit Lavigueur, who founded BL Ecoconstruction in 2007. Together we worked on several projects, and eventually decided to combine Synairgis and BL Ecoconstruction to create a company that could offer architecture and construction services, a...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...construction, and even before getting too far into your building plans. While we are firmly in favour of slab-on-grade construction as a concept, we recommend carefully considering your options before moving ahead with any plans. There are many legitimate reasons to begin construction with a basement foundation: ...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...construction is highly praised by building scientists as being among the most durable. Alternative wall construction methods: There are many other methods of wall construction, what we have covered here are the more common and cost effective techniques. There are a variety of natural fibres like hemp insulation tha...