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Hemp fibreboard and Hemp insulation - the Green Building choice
Wood and organic materials

Hemp building supplies

...inge product; rather, it is becoming a more accessible mainstream building product, most notably as hemp-batt insulation , and also hemp boards for cabinetry. Why choose hemp building materials? The growing and harvesting of hemp is a far more sustainable process than harvesting wood for use as building products, d...

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

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...in a wall, and it goes on the warm side of the insulation. Yet we continue to install vapor impermeable exterior sheathing without realizing what’s actually going on. A ‘vapor barrier’ is not defined only as a sheet of polyethylene; the definition includes any ‘barrier’ that stops moisture , which insulated sheathing c...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...ing practices, you can also use ‘insulation’ as insulation against frost heave! Soil has an insulating value of about R3 per foot, where foam insulation will be between R3 and R5 per inch. That’s why you can build in an area where the frost depth is 4 feet in winter by using 4 inches of insulation instead of 4 ft of ...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...ing including installing sump pumps and sump pump battery backups - Find more pages about home durability and how to build basements so they won't flood or develop mold in these pages : Why are basements moldy? How to fix & prevent mold in homes Preventing mold when you insulate your basement 'Smart...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...ing . Additional attic insulation is a great way to save money, but be sure to maintain eaves ventilation © Ecohome Attic insulation: The most crucial place to ensure proper insulation for energy saving and money saving is your roof. Older homes may have insufficient insulation and a lot have none. For some h...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...in houses in winter is the biggest problem . The difference between indoor and outdoor temperature is so extreme in winter that positive pressure will force warm, humid air from inside your house out through the tiniest of openings in your walls where it can condense and deposit moisture causing mold and wood rot deep ...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...ing. Exterior insulation will better protect against foundation cracking and interior moisture damage by eliminating the freeze/thaw cycle that a foundation wall insulated from the inside will experience. Discover how to insulate and build better basements here . Install a sump pump; including a battery backup is a...

Home made DIY laundry detergent from buckeyes / horse chestnuts
Lifestyle and environment

How to make Eco-friendly DIY laundry soap from Buckeyes / Horse Chestnuts

...ing that goes in homes is, in our opinion, people. As we live in an increasingly toxic world, more people all the time are becoming chemically-sensitive or developing respiratory problems, and the rate of childhood asthma has seen a disturbingly high increase in recent years. So protecting indoor air quality in homes ,...

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

...in interior finishing applications and furniture. One thing to bear in mind with all engineered wood products in homes is that it's at greater risk of moisture damage than solid timber used for framing and structural elements, for example Polyethylene vapor barriers in combination with OSB & air conditioning in homes...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...ing the building becoming a furnace once the setting sun reaches deep into the house (balance). Choosing the right windows for a Passive House is key. Heat gain mustn’t be offset by losses caused by badly insulated glass or air leakage due to poor window frame installation (see how to improve window installation for Pa...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...interior insulation, exterior insulation, or ideally, a combination of both. These assemblies have been designed to prevent moisture infiltration over the service life of a building, along with allowing the original moisture contained in building materials to escape without causing damage. Different types of insula...