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Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...cladding, fences, long-lasting decking ), it should be oiled about every 10-15 years, which is fairly standard for exterior wood treatment. It will retain its c...

"The Boneyard" in Arizona, the world’s biggest aircraft graveyard
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Old airplane fuselage is finding a new life as recycled building material.

They might be parked a little more precisely than an auto wrecking yard, but that doesn’t mean they will ever fly again. Decommissioned aircraft have been decl...

Passive Solar Index Home - super high efficiency
Passive solar home design

Passive Solar Index Home Case Study

...Exterior Cladding Description of the envelope - Insulation values Aboveground walls: R60 Roof: R100 Slab on floor: R30 Slab construction Base co...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...Exterior cladding or siding is your first line of defense against weather elements, and its job is to allow interior control layers (ie. the building envelope) ...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

Keep vinyl out of your home (albums excluded of course)

...exterior cladding Fiberglass window frames Wooden baby toys and chairs There are a lot of toxic materials in homes and they have a cumulative effect on ...

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

...exterior insulation Also, if installing a final finish to exterior walls over additional wall insulation, see our page on how to install exterior siding s...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...exterior envelope work and interior finishing, such as built-in cabinetry, plumbing fixtures and lighting, to proceed simultaneously, reducing overall construct...

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...cladding, it can be an effective air barrier if installed as such. Water vapor can pass through easily, but air cannot. The problem with it being relied upon ...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...Exterior cladding materials were chosen for the ecological characteristics , low maintenance requirements and their durability: Cedar cladding with its natura...

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

All about painting brick, is it a good idea and what paint to use?

...exterior brick cladding likely won’t do it in all but the most extreme case of either damaged bricks, or just plain ugly ones! In fact, it is just as likely tha...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...Exterior cladding Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation cuttaway © Ecohome However, if high efficiency is your goal and you want...