Engineered wood / Guides

Wall assemblies - new construction

Wood framing

...engineered the plans for us , supplying detailed framing documents including a cut list for each framing member. We were also provided with a wood order to match, along with pre-cut lengths whenever possible. This gave us multiple points towards LEED certification. Further reading on structures and material efficie...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...Wood: underutilized and over-exploited: There is a lot of potential for increasing the amount of wood used in both residential and non-residential construction. New wood products and innovative building practices are helping to increase the use of wood. However, the acceptance of engineered structural materials by bu...

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

...wood framing of a passive solar home with FSC certified wood: Engineered wood products for framing homes Engineered wood requires more processing than standard wood. As may be expected, engineered wood is more expensive than the types described above, and has a higher embodied energy given that it undergoes mul...

Net Zero Energy homes Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...engineered wood and expanded polystyrene which achieve an insulation value of R-42. These walls are structural engineered wood columns coated with Pink Wood, a non-toxic coating which make the columns fire resistant, water resistant, and mould-free. The neighbouring home to the East is being constructed using 16” Dou...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...wood. Choosing FSC products promotes the market for responsible forestry management. Engineered hardwood floors: Engineered wood is comprised of several layers of plywood forming the core of your flooring, with a top layer of hardwood. When finished, engineered wood will look like any other hardwood floor. ...

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

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

...wood 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 form, but it becomes increasingly easier the more processed a wood product is. And while these products constitute an excellent re-use of natural material...

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

...engineered wood products that are far more susceptible to moisture damage than solid lumber . If you were thinking it's ok to build a new home with OSB "because everybody does it", see why we consider that the small extra cost of plywood may be worth it when compared to the disadvantages of OSB here . So; why do new ...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...wood frame construction is with engineered wood (floor trusses, I-beams, jointed wood) . This allows for the use of smaller trees and factory scraps that would often have just been landfill. Engineered trusses and joists may cost a little more, but they install quickly and accurately with no shimming, compared to sol...

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil
Flooring and stairs

Sanding your own wood floors

...wood floor only to be hobbling around very shortly after when you scuff the floor with your bare foot one evening after a couple of pints and drive a splinter under a toenail. Is the floor a solid or engineered hardwood? Some engineered floors can be sanded and refinished but not all - generally speaking it needs a f...

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

...wood lumber to the housing industry. Read more here about other hemp building materials on the market and why they are sustainable. Hardwood flooring companies will on occasion use wood reclaimed from river beds , recycled barn boards, or renewable building materials such as bamboo, but this hemp flooring from ...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...engineered hardwood floors and the solid surface countertops made from recycled glass . A photovoltaic solar array on the roof feeds electricity to the grid via the Strata corporation’s [an ownership model in BC similar to condominium ownership] smart meter. With a net-metering program in effect and very little load ...