Durable floors / Guides

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

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...durable buildings, and taking advantage of its thermal mass by keeping it inside the building envelope can help regulate interior temperatures. There is also an increasing use of precast concrete in the building industry, which offers advantages in terms of environmental impact, cost and speed of construction - especia...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...durable wall? What is the most energy efficient wall? What is the most soundproof wall? What is the most affordable wall? That is just a short list of things to consider, and despite many people online saying they have " The Perfect Wall " there isn't one right answer, because honestly the perfect wall system f...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...durable wall systems. Loose fill or dense-packed cellulose insulation Blowing cellulose insulation in roof © Ecohome Recycled Content : 80% to 100% Method and form : Cellulose consists of shredded newsprint and is non-toxic, recycled and generally local. It’s great for attics, you can blow it to whateve...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...durable floors Find healthy and environmentally friendly building materials See this 90 year old reclaimed red pine floor refinished with zero VOC floor oil See here to learn about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership .

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...durable. Some masonry stoves in Europe are up to 500 years old and still in operation. You can also incorporate an oven into your masonry heater and cut down on your cooking costs, not to mention still being able to cook during a winter power outage. Placement of a masonry stove should be somewhat central in the ho...

Deck Construction, 10 Top Tips for Building Decks
Decks, porches and gazebos

Building a deck ? 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

Deck building topics for durable deck construction: Meeting setbacks and getting building permits in Canada & US Creating a solid base structure: cement pillars (Sonotubes), screw piles, floating deck blocks Wood selection - pressure treated or hemlock base, cedar or composite decking Durability strategies f...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...durable and more valuable in terms of resale. It also means that if you plan on occupying that house for the next 50 years, then it's possible to save $20,000 for a $2,000 investment. But there's more to it than this simple calculation of ROI. How much loose blown cellulose insulation is too much in an attic? W...

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

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...floors? Well ecoHOME would reply "it depends where, and what other materials you are using!" Rated at 40NG, 3/4 inch OSB sheathing can be one of the better vapour barriers for home construction in most of Canada. But in order to act in that role, it needs to be on the inside. Sheathing provides a necessary structur...

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

...durable and both are recyclable at the end of their functional life. Metal is an energy intensive material to extract, but it has a very long and durable lifespan and it is 100% recyclable at the end of its functional life. In terms of choosing sustainable roofing materials, one of the most ecologically disastrous ma...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...durable than basement construction as you have no porous concrete walls to absorb moisture and no rising water-table issues to contend with. Durable basement construction: Water tables can rise from normal spring melting, extreme rain events, or a lack of proper rainwater management from roof runoff . A durable bas...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...floors and 1 floor on a concrete platform. It was built using a structural system perfected by KHL (Austria). The cross-laminated timber was prefabricated using engineered wooden tongues, whose increased density equips the building with excellent soundproofing. According to the architects’ calculations, the use of wo...