Eco-friendly building materials / Guides

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...building materials, with applications for insulating, soundproofing and finishing . Hemp boards are not structural but they are a solid wall covering. Hemp is a one of the most sustainable alternatives to wood fiber for building materials as well as being non-toxic, so it is great for maintaining healthy indoor air qua...

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

...buildings (between 5 and 10 stories), encouraged by changes in building code in relation to timber use in tall buildings, are now starting to pop up all over the world with over 500 mid to high rise timber buildings under construction across Canada alone in 2019-2020. OSB exterior sheathing with foam attached © Eco...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...building your home yourself, research local building codes regarding pellet and woodstove safety early on. There are minimum distances from all combustible sources that you should know about when designing. Incorporating thermal mass around your stove will help overall heating efficiency. Masonry heaters (masonry sto...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...Building materials that have been spray-foamed have only one foreseeable resting place in their future, a land fill. This house on the other hand, looks to be easily disassembled and recyclable at the end of its life. In meeting Ben Hayward for a tour of his build, which he describes as a 'research project', one thin...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...building materials to achieve certain fire ratings. Vinyl is technically recyclable but very rarely recycled. Cost of vinyl siding : $4 to $ 12 per square foot installed. Lifespan of vinyl siding: 40 years and over. Siding options; final thoughts Regardless of which siding you choose to finish your home's ext...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...building. When the attractive pricing is factored in, and other high-end components like air-heated super-insulated radiant floor slabs , low carbon concrete and the exceptional indoor air quality that comes from choosing and using the highest quality sustainable building materials , it's no suprise how popular these a...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house

ARE TINY HOUSES FOR SALE LOCALLY A GOOD CHOICE FOR A FIRST HOME?

...building materials for the home in which you live. I read one study that shows that if you downsized to a Tiny Home you would reduce your energy consumption by 45%. If you choose to design and build your own Tiny Home, you can make sure all the building materials you use are sustainably sourced too, for example using...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...building an existing home will reduce the need for new materials as well as the amount of waste that will be sent to a landfill. From a material conservation and sustainability point of view, that would always be our recommended course of action if the costs aren’t too prohibitive, as upgrading existing buildings alway...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...materials required, you avoid having to puncture your roofing materials and risk water leaks, and only a couple of inches of pipe is exposed to low winter temperatures if you're in a cold climate zone instead of a taller roof stack, so you greatly reduce the risk of freezing and getting the radon stack blocked up. It i...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 8 great tips for growing food in small spaces

...building your raised beds on top of existing earth you wilI have some leeway here. I have successfully gardened in boxes built over earth with only one foot of soil depth. You can find both detailed instructions for building a raised beds and multiple choices online, or For Seeds, Plants, Tools & Gardening products O...

Bathroom with refinished claw foot tub and barn board trim in a home c
Materials and resources

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...building materials you’ll find, are the ones that have been used before. There are businesses that specialize in reclaimed materials by purchasing their stock from old buildings being torn down. Light fixtures, bathtubs, bricks, tiles, barn boards, trim, doors, foam panels, the list is endless. You can also check out...