Tips for deck building / Guides

Deck Construction, 10 Top Tips for Building Decks
Decks, porches and gazebos

Building a deck ? 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...for a brand new cedar deck is for a natural wood finishing oil for decks & floors that's non-toxic, see here for details - or if refinishing a deck or using reclaimed timber, we've succesfully used this cleaning, lightening and staining system for older wood decks - in particular, check out the how-to video . Ultra...

Shipping Container Homes in a Warm Climate might be a good option
Tiny house

Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates

...building techniques here : Affordable modern prefab green homes for cold climates Are shipping container homes good or bad? All about Tiny Houses & Laneway Homes Ontario clarifies building-code for permits for laneway homes & legal Tiny Houses in Toronto Tips for a successful green home bu...

Reduced carbon concrete Patio blocks and CMU
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

...deck, check out our 10 Tips for Building a Green Wooden Deck here Other advantages: Reduced efflorescence as it is less porous, and absorbs less water than normal concrete Stronger and more abrasive resistant than standard concrete Improved durability: more resistant to cracking due to the freeze/thaw cycle ...

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...for all interior applications. Cost is $0.35 per square foot for 3 coats Livos also has natural and non toxic wood finishing oils and products designed for exterior use that are suitable for staining and protecting decks, fences and exterior wood furniture. Another alternative for natural wood finishing oils are ...

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

...for thermal mass . There is hardly any limit to the force that can be exerted by water when it freezes; even the weight of tall buildings cannot withstand the damage that can be caused when ice forms below them. A force of 19 tons per square foot has been measured with one seven-story reinforced concrete frame buildi...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...buildings © Ecohome Now you know what causes Ice Dams and How to Fix Them, find more Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter , Why is there ice in my attic, and how to fix it? and the Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes all in the Ecohome Green Home Building Guide pages .

How to Build Homes & Protect Homes to Stop Wildfires
Concept and design

How to protect your home from fire - a burning need to know.

...fore this exodus suggest that nearly 45 million homes currently exist in our nation’s wildland-urban interface (WUI). The following points are for folks who are not downtown. House fire risk reduction: a hot topic... Some interesting facts for homeowners. First, for those of us building on hills for the view, flame...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...building envelope, so great care should be taken for long term durability and performance. Below are some valuable tips for window installation. Also, See here to know which type of window frame to choose between wood, aluminum or PVC / Vinyl For a full rundown on How to Install windows & doors Correctly in LEED & ...