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Wall assemblies - new construction

Wood framing

...framing materials for the Demo House are FSC certified, and provided by our sponsor Kott Lumber . Kott 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 g...

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

...Framing lumber choices for building homes Framing lumber, also known as structural wood, is the grade of wood used for house framing (studs, Larsen Trusses for Double-Stud walls , headers, roof trusses and floor joists, etc. as well as in timber frame construction). Its technical characteristics make it perfectly sui...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...framing, renovations and certain commercial applications as well. The truth about fire resistance and wood structures: The combustibility of a building's framing material has little to do with fire safety. Statistics show that the risk of fire is no greater for wood frame homes than for those built with other struc...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...framing materials cut to the lengths you need. This can save you time by not needing to cut as much, and factory cut lumber is likely more accurate in length than site cut lumber. Investigate pre-fabricated wall solutions because factory assembly can ensure a high quality and material conservation. Avoiding drywall...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...framing. We were provided with detailed framing plans courtesy of Kott Lumber, with each wall planned down to the smallest framing member, including a cut list with the length of each piece. This made the framing process go fast and efficiently and reduced our waste, as the wood order matched the requirements of the wa...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...framing rooms for future changes can also save materials, money and headaches. You can prepare for future changes by framing door openings inside interior walls at sensible locations, or including a header to easily convert two small rooms into one larger room. Home design for seniors: For those who plan to stick i...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...Framing order waste factor limit: Limit the overall estimated waste factor of framing materials to 10% or less, and provide detailed documentation. 2.1 FSC-certified tropical woods: Provide proof that any tropical woods found in the home are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. 3.1 Construction waste man...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...Framing Choices: Which Lumber & Materials to Choose for Framing Homes Is OSB or Plywood Better for Roofs, Walls & Floors? Which Building Envelope Material is Best? Wood, Steel, Concrete, Straw Bale? Sources: Sustainability and life cycle analysis of residential structures Timber vs concrete and steel ...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...framing. Reduced waste: FabCab utilizes state of the art computerized cutting machines that minimize waste. This creates precise, high quality assemblies, and reduces delays. Energy efficiency: Plumbing lines can be roughed-in for optional solar water heater to be used with the radiant floor heating system. Healt...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...framing, has low air-infiltration, is resistant to insects and rodents, can be very well-insulated (12 inches or more) with no thermal bridging. To see the choices in lumber for a timber frame building or home, see here . Keep in mind how important it is that the cellulose be well-packed to avoid settling and leaving...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...framing materials factored in, energy modeling shows the effective or 'true' R value of the wall is 36.3. With heat gain from the sun and an airtight building envelope, the energy required to keep this house warm will be a fraction of what most houses use. Within the circle of high performance home construction, an e...