Sustainable wood / Guides

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!"

...wood rot deep in the structure. The causes of air pressure differences: The ones you can't control are wind pressure and the stack effect, also known as 'chimney effect'. Wind creates either positive or negative air pressure on a particular side of a building, forcing air in on some sides and forcing it out on ot...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...wood finish to it. Most engineered hardwood products can be added to a slab on grade without risk of cupping and cracking. Such wood can be found pre-finished so you don’t have the detrimental health effects from the VOC's from varnish applied onsite, or you can purchase raw wood and apply a non-toxic natural wood fi...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...sustainable home with non-toxic materials in the EcoHome Guides here , on USA & Canada's favorite Green Sustainable building website - EcoHome

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...wood, then 1.5" of Roxul ComfortBoard, which is the same material as Roxul batts but in the form of a rigid board. By wrapping all the walls in mineral wool, it prevents thermal bridging, where heat would otherwise pass through the wood framing (which is a poor insulator compared to the insulation it holds in place). ...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...sustainable materials & outdated building methods - for the good of everyone - buildings must improve! (Which, in case you hadn’t noticed, is what The Ecohome Network is all about.) With this aim, recent years have seen a growth in sustainable green building certifications and programs , such as LEED , Passive House ...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...sustainable resource extraction and fair labor practices. Applicable raw materials include stone and rock, metal, minerals, and timber. All wood must be certified to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) 100% labeling standards, from salvaged sources, or from the intentional harvest of timber onsite. 14) Appropriate sou...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...sustainable transit solutions. Many of the workplace, transportation and lifestyle trends we are seeing are very encouraging, as we seem to have inadvertently transitioned to a low-carbon economy while we weren’t looking. And they said it couldn’t be done… There is, however, one growing lifestyle and housing trend ...

Carbon Offset Schemes - Whale Poop leads Nature's Own Way
Lifestyle and environment

Save the Whale's (Poop) - Save the Planet !! (And $2m per Whale)

...sustainable construction ... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : All about natural swimming pools & ponds Compare the Carbon Footprint of Wood v Steel V Concrete Buildings Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design feat...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...wood-burning stoves or fireplaces , or if off-grid an electric-free wood pellet stove . Storing solar heat (thermal batteries): If you incorporate thermal mass into a home to store and release heat , you can distribute the heat collected over a longer period of time, and there are any number of creative ways to do ...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find LEED certified building materials? There are no LEED certified materials, only buildings can be certified . There are certain products that can help earn LEED points by having passed other certifications e.g: FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) wood or EnergyStar windows. When can I advertise my LEED ho...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...sustainable building materials, which also means that it can be specified and supplied as Novoclimat or Zero Net Energy Ready too. (If you're in a warm climate, take a look at these shipping container homes for inspiration instead.) Le Refuge - design, practicality, energy-performance & affordability in one home Th...