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FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...lumber. So what is FSC Certified Lumber and how to recognize it? Any Lumber or paper producer that carries the FSC logo has been carefully vetted and meets the high standard of the FSC certification program. FSC Certified Lumber aims to be the ‘gold standard’ of ‘eco-friendly’ lumber, and it's an assurance that t...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...lumber in 2021, we think it’s the perfect time to consider more affordable ways to frame and insulate homes. Below are some alternative wall systems - most of which we think are already improvements to standard construction - it’s just easier to get builders to make the switch now because the price of lumber is so hi...

Wall assemblies - new construction

Wood framing

...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 gave us multiple points towards LEED certification. Further reading on structures and ...

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

...lumber most commonly used for house construction and increasingly in timber frames for multi-family low to mid-rise construction throughout the US and Canada. Standard SPF (spruce-pine-fir) lumber – Softwood wood choices: Light structural lumber is mainly used in the residential construction of single family home...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...lumber (some lumber yards will use your building plans to deliver 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 e...

DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Wood and organic materials

Two new options of mass timber panels

...Lumber website Ontario-based Guardian Structures British Columbia-based Structure Craft Rethink Wood - A North American softwood lumber association

Midori Uchi
Efficient home design

A new contender for the title of Canada's Greenest Home

...lumber and building materials Naikoon Contracting Ltd. is an award winning design-build company specializing in green residential projects. Founded 32 years ago, Naikoon Contracting Ltd. has built a reputation for superior building practices and the highest quality customer service. Naikoon is currently looking f...

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

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...lumber also engineered the walls, so it was quite handy to have that done by the same company that would provide the necessary lumber. The Ecohome R.E.M.O.T.E. wall The difference here compared to what is commonly done with the REMOTE wall technique is that we used Roxul ComfortBoard IS instead of polystyrene rigid...

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

...lumber . If you were thinking it's ok to build a new home with OSB "because everybody does it", see why we consider that the small extra cost of plywood may be worth it when compared to the disadvantages of OSB here . So; why do new houses rot while old ones are in great shape? It should be no wonder that a house f...

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

The rise of urban logging

...lumber was taken to a local mill to be turned into tongue and groove flooring. The rest was milled and finished by the owners (in their new workshop) as the materials for baseboards and trims. Urban logging © Brian Blak Some of the wood was used for benches and end tables, while bark covered slabs were turned i...

Diving to retrieve sunken timber from the log drive
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Reclaiming sunken timber from the log drive

...lumber, as it still is in many parts of the world. And of all the logs that passed by, there were many others that sank before they reached their destination. Be it folklore or fact, I've heard that the Gatineau River for one, is several feet deep with logs at the bottom. This may or may not be true, but even if it's...