Waste management / Guides

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

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...Waste produced METAL: +53% +23% +74% +247% +14% -21% CONCRETE: +120% +50% +115% +114% +93% +37% What about recycled content? The inclusion of recycled materials in new products is a significant variable in an LCA, especially in the case of products from non-renewable resour...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...waste. Shingles are the default roof covering, mostly because of price, but in a short time when you have to replace them, they won’t seem so cheap. And as the least durable of options, they constitute the greatest risk of leaking and causing water damage to your home. Lifespan and cost: 12 to 20 years depending on...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...waste. Much of the materials available online come from decommissioned commercial buildings rather than houses, as the quantities available are worth the effort of involving a broker. But for residential builders looking to acquire inexpensive building materials such as insulation and flooring etc, you will often get...

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?

...waste that will be sent to a landfill. From a material conservation and sustainability point of view, that would always be our recommended course of action if the costs aren’t too prohibitive, as upgrading existing buildings always comes up on top in terms of a full lifecycle analysis . Unfortunately some homes are bey...

Plastic in landfill
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Turning Waste Plastic Into useable Fuel

...waste plastic into ultra-clean, ultra-low sulphur fuel requiring no further refinement. Breaking down at various purities, this low-emission processing technique delivers predominantly heating oil and diesel transportation fuel, but has a use for all its by-products including running the processor itself which uses i...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...waste is to plan ahead to keep it at a minimum; here are some suggestions on how you can do that: Design your house with reduced waste in mind by keeping the plans at sensible dimensions. If you plan lengths to be 4 and 8 foot increments instead of 5 and 9, this makes the best use of industry standard dimensions. ...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...wasted time, labor, and materials on a project. 4. Spray foam and XPS foam with lower emission blowing agents Styrofoam board insulation and spray foam insulation have always had a bad rap in the green home construction industry, and not without good reason , but the true problem is not what most people think. A br...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...waste water drains ever had an issue, the water table only has to get above the height of the lip of the bowl and then the sewage will backfeed and fill the basement. Did we mention yet that we're not huge basement fans for a whole list of reasons? This is one of them - so while up-to-date code in certain areas insis...