Used building materials / Guides

DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Wood and organic materials

Two new options of mass timber panels

...materials (20 to 30% less wood) reduces transportation costs over CLT and other structural materials Excellent resistance to fire. According to Freres Lumber, MPPs have the potential to transform the construction industry and make greater use of wood as supporting structures because residential and commercial bui...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...used to form a structure, the carbon footprint and embodied energy of metal is far worse than that of wood . From a green building materials standpoint, materials should be used in their most sensible manner, meaning it would be better if metal were kept in circulation and applied to a use that only metal can fill. ...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...used materials before buying new. It may take some time, but you can often find used green house structures online, as well as old windows and doors. This saves on costs and keeps materials out of landfills.” “Be sure to compost!” If you have a cold climate greenhouse project, please catalogue the build & experienc...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...materials is a wise choice. A better-built home lasts longer, is healthier for occupants, cheaper to operate and studies show it will have a higher resale value. As a starting place, see articles in our building guide such as choosing the right insulation , and how to find building materials that don't off-gas into h...

Disposing of old batteries
Kitchens

Waste management: compost and recycling

...materials: Ever wonder what to do with solvents, pesticides, paint, motor oil and flammable materials, to name a few? This is where you will need to check with your municipality. Some offer collection on certain days at certain times of the year, others provide a depot location where all these dangerous materials can...

Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...Building codes and thermal bridges: It is not only sensible to address thermal bridging in construction, it is becoming law. Recent revisions to building codes have increased the thermal requirements of building enclosures in many regions, including requiring a thermal break. Contrary to common assumptions, t...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...building materials , building with recyled wood , disposing of construction waste and other easy choices to make to reduce the environmental footprint of construction projects in these pages : Building with recycled shipping pallets How to identify non-toxic pallets for furniture and inside homes Whic...

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?

...building website where homeowners and builders could learn to make informed choices and build sustainable and energy-efficient homes. A place where a dialogue about the true impacts of building products and practices could be had, where the pros and cons of different building products were openly debated. It is very ea...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...building envelope or the acoustical separation of the units. Given the quiet indoor atmosphere of a Passive House, extra measures were taken in minimizing sound transfer in internal walls between suites . Mineral wool acoustical insulation was used between floors in conjunction with concrete floor topping, plus resilie...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...used to heat the new home with a high-efficiency wood burning fireplace. All recyclable materials were hand sorted and brought to a recycling depot. New high performance building materials : Fibreglass-framed windows All MDF (medium density fiberboard) materials in the home are formaldehyde-free Low-VOC paint...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...building custom kitchens and bathrooms, speak with your cabinetmaker about using non-toxic materials. It shouldn't amount to more than a 10 to 15% premium. See our full cost breakdown of going green in the kitchen for more details, and discover more about formaldehyde-free plywood here . 4. Sofas Pay close attentio...