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High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...floors. Any woodburner or wood burning stove will only give as much heat as the wood itself is able - so the choice of firewood and how it has been seasoned or dried and stored is also a big factor in the potential heat output. Read a guide here on choosing the best firewood for the highest heat output , or see our...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

Materials in a home that act as thermal mass are things like concrete, masonry, ceramic tiles, even a large volume of wood like timber frames. Intentionally adding greater amounts of thermal mass in a building can be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on a lot of factors, and there is no right answer as to wheth...

Techniques for reducing sound transmission in buildings
Insulation and soundproofing

Controlling sound transmission in buildings

...floors that abut the party wall. The details of the connection between the walls and floors should be known too, if possible. This information is needed to decide if flanking paths are likely to be a serious problem. Building plans or information from the developer might be available but some visual inspection - if p...

Lockeport Beach House
Real estate

Lockeport Beach House wins Canadian Green Building award

...wood-frame structure houses a straight-forward, one-level plan. Private areas have low-ceilings and an intimate closeness with the trees and north-west light. The main living area has a wide view to the south, over a clearing of beach grass and the tree-line separating the house from the shore. Skinned in semi-transpar...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...floors Custom open bamboo staircase FSC Certified solid wood cabinetry High efficiency toilets Pre-wiring for electric vehicle charging Beachaus I is now waiting for its final certification of LEED Platinum from the Canada Green Building Council. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an in...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...Wood or Composite: Cedar deck and stairs under construction makes a beautiful finish Pressure treated wood is far less toxic than it was in years past, but it's still not as benign as natural wood. It could in theory last longer, along with mineral-based powder wood treatment, but applying durability measures w...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...wood pellet stove, see here , or to help with choosing a woodburning stove, see here , or even, for help in choosing the right type of firewood, see here . For the Nerds amongst us - there's also a really interesting page here, all about the Combustion process of wood . These Guides for Green Building brought you by th...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...wood floors and the solid surface countertops made from recycled glass . A photovoltaic solar array on the roof feeds electricity to the grid via the Strata corporation’s [an ownership model in BC similar to condominium ownership] smart meter. With a net-metering program in effect and very little load on that meter, ...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...wood lumber to the housing industry. Read more here about other hemp building materials on the market and why they are sustainable. Hardwood flooring companies will on occasion use wood reclaimed from river beds , recycled barn boards, or renewable building materials such as bamboo, but this hemp flooring from ...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...wood and ceramic tile floors, and in a spray bottle it does an excellent job on glass and mirrors. Dish soap and laundry detergent are easily found in biodegradable, phosphate-free and unscented varieties. 2.) Dispose of leftover paint. It can be hard to let go of leftover matching colours, but if you have a bunc...

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

...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 paints FSC Certified engineered hardwood floors ...