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Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...wooden structures from heat, and wood frame elements can be designed so as to ensure a degree of fire resistance ranging from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the design and choice of materials. Multi-story wood frame construction via National Research Council Canada Multi-story wood frame construction: To...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...wood used as framing lumber most commonly used for house construction and increasingly in timber frames for multi-family low to mid-rise construction throughout the US and Canada. Standard SPF (spruce-pine-fir) lumber – Softwood wood choices: Light structural lumber is mainly used in the residential construction ...

Wall assemblies - new construction

Wood framing

...wood order to match, along with pre-cut lengths whenever possible. This gave us multiple points towards LEED certification. Further reading on structures and material efficient framing techniques: About wood frame construction Material efficient framing

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...wood frame windows from Quebec high performance window manufacturer Elite . Windows on the north, east and west have been selected for maximum insulation, and differ from windows on the south which have been selected for maximum heat gain. see here to know which type of window frame to choose between wood, aluminum or ...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...wood frame construction is with engineered wood (floor trusses, I-beams, jointed wood) . This allows for the use of smaller trees and factory scraps that would often have just been landfill. Engineered trusses and joists may cost a little more, but they install quickly and accurately with no shimming, compared to sol...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...wood about the public perception regarding moisture issues, he had this to say: " We think nothing about putting trees in our walls; straw is the same organic material. It's like a bunch of small trees bundled together". So indeed, straw bales, why not? One big advantage of straw bale over conventional wood frame con...

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

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

...wood - for roofs, walls and floors? The best lumber choices for wood frame construction of homes How to sustainably dispose of construction waste Where to find FSC certified products locally Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more abou...

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...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...frames. When we speak of durable and sturdy windows, we are referring to products and construction that are more resistant to pressure and warping due to temperature changes, which ultimately determines the life expectancy of your windows. Wood Windows: Pros : Wood is a natural, renewable resource and has compa...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...wood frame allowed for a seamless R40 floor, and eliminates the concerns of water infiltration and frost heave whilst leading to a very energy efficient building envelope. Zero Net Energy Home Design © bioi Two steel frames make up the main structure of the home and with double offset 2x4 wall...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...wood so there are tiny finger joints every foot or so which aren't terribly noticeable, but if you aren't a big fan of that look you can always paint them. Prolonged exposure to moisture can cause delamination. Hollow wood doors Hollow doors have an interior frame of smaller pieces of wood with a laminated front ...