How to install wood siding / Guides

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

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

...to allow walls to dry. You can also read our Guide on Siding Installation here . Solid wood siding Wood siding fitted horizontally © Ecohome Pros of Wood Siding: It makes for a great looking traditional finish to the siding on a home. Certainly with FSC wood siding, extraction & manufa...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...siding a chance to drain away harmlessly. The air space between siding and sheathing should also allow humid air to escape. In order for both of these actions to take place, when siding is installed correctly there needs to be a continuous space behind siding where water can drain and air can flow. Common siding inst...

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

...to avoid... Find more pages about how to build energy efficient and durable walls here : Choosing a house wrap, which is best? How to choose between OSB and Plywood sheathing for Walls The difference between air barriers and vapor barriers How to install siding so walls can dry How to in...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...to go buy and no poisons to introduce to your home. You can see how well your trap is doing, and if you’re a Buddhist, you can catch and release. No harm, no foul. The trap needs to be changed somewhat regularly so it doesn’t get moldy, and left too long it will turn into an incubator for new larvae. A common way f...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...To improve the performance you can increase the size of studs (going from 2x6 to 2x8) or add several inches of insulation to the exterior. Mineral wool batts have higher R value than fiberglass, and they are much easier to cut and install properly. To discover the appropriate use of insulation, see our guide to insul...

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

...to the atmosphere. When you make assumptions and then enter them as variables into different software calculators, there will always be discrepancies in the results. According to a different software tool - the WoodWorks Carbon estimator - using 1 cubic foot of wood instead of 1 cubic foot of concrete equates to 69kg...

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...to install a shiny new ridge vent. And vents on gable ends are really among the poorest performing roof vents as they can leave moisture to collect in the center of the attic, and they are often installed lower than the optimum level leaving a lot of moisture to collect up at the very peak. How to calculate roof vent...

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 Siding: It is not the most durable choice to protect your home from weather, and clearly wood siding isn't the best for fire resistance. Wood can be susceptible to damage from insects and rodents, as well as mold and rot from moisture & humidity. Cost of wood siding: $8 to $20 per square foot installed, dependin...

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

...To build the structures of our houses today, we often use engineered wood products that have been chewed into tiny bite-sized morsels and that are held together with some tasty glues, which can be softened up in summer months thanks to the inward bound vapor drive hitting the poly vapor barrier and condensing into wate...