Exterior finishing / Guides

How to Fasten Cement Board Facing to slab on grade insulation
Slab on Grade

Finishing the exterior of an insulated slab-on-grade floor

...exterior edge of a slab on grade is made of EPS foam and can be parged. Having used rigid Rockwool panels meant we needed an additional solid exterior surface. Here we installed an exterior cement board , though that left the challenge of how to attach it without using metal fasteners that would lead to thermal bridgin...

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...finishing oils and products designed for exterior use that are suitable for staining and protecting decks, fences and exterior wood furniture. Another alternative for natural wood finishing oils are by Prato Verde and can be found here in the Ecohome sustainable product directory . Or I've even family who swear by ...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...exterior foundation insulation © Roxul Exterior EPS or mineral wool: Neither are harmed by moisture. With care they can be largely held in place against exterior walls with backfilling below grade, and fixed above grade with fiber cement board attached through to foundation walls. Drainage: Regardless of th...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

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

...exterior of a variety of wood framing materials . How carbonized wood finish is made: Wooden boards are burnt on each side, which is usually done with a blowtorch . Using a stiff brush, carbon residue is then removed from the boards and the material is rinsed with water. Once a board is dry, it's ideal to apply a...

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 construction time. As each module was finished, it was tested for compliance with Passive House standards. As fabrication proceeded, a crew was working on site to pr...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...finishing is doing it too soon, before concrete walls are dry. Allow 2 years for concrete to shed excess moisture. All walls need to breath in one direction and since the exterior foundation walls are buried in wet ground, they must breathe to the inside. A vapour barrier prevents that from happening and you will ine...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...exterior cladding & roofing Sustainable homes have to also be durable, so the Eco-Habitat S1600 prefab Passive House & LEED standard kit home is carefully finished with materials proven to be eco-friendly and durable for a long and maintenance-free lifespan. Exterior cladding materials were chosen for the ecologi...

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 & roofing Sustainable homes have to also be durable, so the Eco-Habitat S1600 prefab Passive House & LEED standard kit home is carefully finished with materials proven to be eco-friendly and durable for a long and maintenance-free lifespan. Exterior cladding materials were chosen for the ecologi...

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

...exterior sheathing with foam attached © Ecohome OSB (Oriented Strand Board) Also known as Aspenite, OSB is a panel fabricated using small strips of wood . OSB is not as strong as plywood, or as resistant to weather, but it is a lower cost alternative to plywood. It is most often used as exterior sheathing, as w...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...finishing basement , either interior or exterior. It is also something of a fool proof exterior board insulation when renovating, as it will not trap moisture from the interior inside the wall. In batt form is it a common alternative to fiberglass for its higher R value, and easier installation (at least for doing a ...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...Exterior doors from the past might be best left alone, since they are part of your building envelope and should be well-insulated and well-sealed. We are speaking more so about interior doors, and you can find some really nice ones. If they need refinishing, professional sandblasting is ideal for the safe removal of ol...