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Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...fibers in grass and hemp building materials are not heavily processed (like with cellulose or wood fiber), So they can safely store higher levels of moisture than many other building materials. Or crackers. They can therefore help regulate the moisture levels in a home (like crackers), and that makes them a little bit ...

Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Larsen truss wall systems with double-stud construction & extra insulation for new homes & energy efficient home renovation

...fiberglass) or as in this particular case, dense-packed cellulose . Larsen Trusses for Passive House construction: We recently visited John Hodges in Perth, Ontario, Canada, where he is building two homes; one for himself and his wife and, right next door, one for his daughter’s family. One house will be Passive Ho...

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

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

Formaldehyde-free MDF made from rice - available at distributors in USA & Canada There is a natural and Formaldehyde-Free alternative to MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) made of rice straw hitting the green building market soon! That’s a reason to breath a sigh of relief (literally and figuratively) since a lot of pe...

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?

...fiber insulation panels . Double-framed wall construction with two offset rows of 2x4s studs injected with high-density cellulose insulation that will not settle over time The panelized prefab wall assembly was designed to dry outward, with glued, stick-on vapor-permeable WRB membranes (Weather Resistive Barriers...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

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

...Fiber cement board can be molded to any style, even to look like wood. Pros of fiber cement siding board: Very strong and very durable; resistant to fire, insects and decay. Cons of fiber cement siding board: High pollution and energy consumption during production. This is a popular product in warmer dryer climat...

Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 3: All about off-grid power generation in off-grid homes

...fiber optics, and of course, no power lines. The closest neighbor heats with wood, and handles cooking and a small amount of power generation with propane. I looked briefly into bringing power lines back to our site, but an off-grid solution became the obvious choice when I realized that the price would greatly excee...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...fiber panels , and dense-packed cellulose insulation . Windows are triple-glazed with Low-e coatings for maximum performance and UV protection of interior finishes and furniture. If living in 750 square feet seems just a little too cozy for you, keep in mind that plans can be modified too. You can work with the ...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...fiber panels. Metal and cedar siding and roofing: the exterior cladding of walls and roofs was done using steel, with the gable end walls finished with local cedar. Both are very durable and both are recyclable at the end of their functional life. Metal is an energy intensive material to extract, but it has a very lo...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...fiber cement board and parging above grade 3" of mineral wool or EPS (expanded polystyrene). 3" is better, 2" will suffice drainage mat damp proofing spray on exterior concrete wall 2" mineral wool board or EPS against interior concrete wall 2x4 stud wall with mineral wool batts in cavities drywall with lat...

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

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...fiber and fiberglass to name three) and each will have their own benefits, drawbacks, carbon footprint and embodied energy through manufacturing, so even the greenest of the green will have some measurable impact. It takes energy to save energy, and manufacturing insulation is arguably one of the more noble things we c...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...fiber panels , and dense-packed cellulose insulation . Windows are triple-glazed with Low-e coatings for maximum performance and UV protection of interior finishes and furniture. If living in 500 square feet seems just a little too cozy for you, keep in mind that plans can be modified too. You can work with the ...