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The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...steel and wood frame allowed for a seamless R40 floor, and eliminates the concerns of water infiltration and frost heave whilst leading to a very energy efficient building envelope. Zero Net Energy Home Design © bioi Two steel frames make up the main structure of the home and with double offse...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...frame elements can be designed so as to ensure a degree of fire resistance ranging from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the design and choice of materials. Multi-story wood frame construction via National Research Council Canada Multi-story wood frame construction: To date, the Stathaus building in London...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...frame construction is that a straw panel will be able to dry to either side, compared to most homes that include an impermeable barrier of polyethylene that prevents drying to the interior during our hot, humid summer months, which can cause condensation and hence excessive vapor & mold in the house walls . ...

Celsius Solar Igloo
Solar thermal collectors

Celsius: The solar heated igloo!

...frame covered with a matt black air barrier. In contrast, the completely white interior mimics the traditional and very efficient form of the igloo. Interior walls are composed of white cloth supported by a thin steel structure. Us: Are we correct in assuming the notion of contrast is at the heart of this? L. McC : Yes...

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

...frame construction). Its technical characteristics make it perfectly suitable when large spans are necessary. The list below outlines the different types of wood used as framing lumber most commonly used for house construction and increasingly in timber frames for multi-family low to mid-rise construction throughout th...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...frame home with SIPS panels, and my first bedroom on the right - the tent. Having moved in on day one after raising the frame, I can attest that those who say 'never move into a home before it's totally complete or you'll never finish it', are bang-on correct. I was steered away from cellulose since I was told it...

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

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...Steel, Concrete, Straw Bale? Sources: Sustainability and life cycle analysis of residential structures Timber vs concrete and steel structures Building Green: environmental product declaration (EPD) of wood, concrete and steel Green Building Advisor: wood as replacement for concrete and steel in skyscrape...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...steel screws, even coated deck screws can start to rust after a decade or so. For maintenance you shouldn't need to do more than power wash it every few years to remove streaks and mildew. This is also great alternative to wood for building structures that will be continually saturated with water and moisture, such a...