Engineered building materials / Guides

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...building practices are helping to increase the use of wood. However, the acceptance of engineered structural materials by building codes could also contribute t...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...materials, there are other durability and air quality issues with MDF and other engineered building products. Solid wood is a very difficult place for mold to f...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...building techniques here : Prefab homes and buildings report growth in interest 2020 How to stay on budget when building a home Tips for a suc...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...building products such as hemp flooring are gaining in popularity for those who want healthy homes with sustainable eco-friendly building materials. Hemp is a v...

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

...building guide - watch the wood framing of a passive solar home with FSC certified wood: Engineered wood products for framing homes Engineered wood requ...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...building envelopes. Building codes are making you do stupid things. The laws of physics trump code. - Joe Lstiburek Joe Lstiburek has left an indelible ...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...materials were hand sorted and brought to a recycling depot. New high performance building materials : Fibreglass-framed windows All MDF (medium density...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...building codes, building materials, and how we condition our homes. These changes mean homes are better insulated, more airtight and, most importantly, with bet...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...Building Guides - North America's favorite Sustainable & Green Building Resource First published by our print affiliate Ecohouse Magazine. The author, Rob B...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...materials, made with natural materials, which ones are best for sound proofing, or for reducing off-gassing to protect indoor air quality. See our page on cho...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...building on a slab on grade: Building your home on a slab on grade means you will have no basement storage, a mechanical room on the main floor, and no abilit...