Termites / Guides

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...termites in low to moderate risk areas. In high risk areas additional protection can be required by code, and having said that – a termite has no real incentive to dig into your insulation if there is no food source to attact them, so always build homes with durability strategies. If termites DO eat into your foam foun...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...termites in low to moderate risk areas. In high risk areas additional protection can be required by code, and having said that – a termite has no real incentive to dig into your insulation if there is no food source to attact them, so always build homes with durability strategies. If termites DO eat into your foam foun...

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)

...Termites are increasingly becoming a problem in warmer regions of the USA & Canada as they are able to survive further north as the climate warms. They now thrive in areas such as southern Ontario, coastal regions and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Termites create small tunnels of mud to survive cold temperat...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...Termites and other problematic insects hate burnt wood.​ Maintenance: If the intended use is to have it outside and exposed to weather (cladding, fences, long-lasting decking ), it should be oiled about every 10-15 years, which is fairly standard for exterior wood treatment. It will retain its colour better and w...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...termites are moving north into Canada. Termites love foam insulation but the fibers in rock wool cut them, so they leave it alone. R value : 4 per inch Note: Rockwool insulation is a favourite of ours because of its durability and versatility. It is completely permeable to and unharmed by moisture, so there i...

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

Burning the right firewood for maximum heat output and minimum environmental impact

...termites, carpenter ants and other insects into the fabric of your home - which is definitely best avoided. Build proper corners! Having a woodpile fall apart in the middle of the winter is not fun. While you are stacking, be sure to split a variety of sizes so you can more easily maintain the level of fire...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...termites to new climates. Conclusion: Why we need resilient homes? Recognizing which issues you are most vulnerable to and factoring that into your design can result in a more resilient home , which will last longer and add value. Any question about cost in that process should be carefully considered and calculated...