Wood framing / Guides

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...wood products that are far more susceptible to moisture damage than solid lumber . If you were thinking it's ok to build a new home with OSB "because everybody does it", see why we consider that the small extra cost of plywood may be worth it when compared to the disadvantages of OSB here . So; why do new houses rot ...

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

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

...wood-framed house . There is a common association between container houses and diy green roofs , partly due to the fact that containers can withstand heavy loads. They certainly can, but this line of thinking underestimates the properties and strength of wood. You can easily frame a wooden roof to carry the added weigh...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...framing a house, see here . Composite wood siding products Composite wood siding © Céline Lecomte Composite wood refers to the repurposing of waste wood into usable siding products. Small chips and sawdust can be steam pressed into a very close likeness of actual wood siding, including the...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...wood than stud framing. Reduced waste: FabCab utilizes state of the art computerized cutting machines that minimize waste. This creates precise, high quality assemblies, and reduces delays. Energy efficiency: Plumbing lines can be roughed-in for optional solar water heater to be used with the radiant floor heating ...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...wood directly into concrete to frame window and door openings. Such practices put framing members at risk of rotting. Even with basements completely sealed at the exterior, wood will soak up all the available moisture in concrete. Capillary break between footing and foundation © Delta Capillar...

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...wood for framing , cellulose insulation , hemp insulation , insulated wood fiberboard panels , MDF panels made from rice , and other wood products such as formaldehyde-free OSB or plywood . There is a growing trend in the green home building industry to use more eco-friendly building materials, and due to that demand...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...wooden boards on the ceiling Laminated wood wall coverings that are resistant to impacts and scratches Purebond® plywood for finishing and cabinetry that is free of urea formaldehyde and other VOCs Chosen Non-Toxic Interior Finishes Brands : Columbia Forest Product, plywood Maxi Forest, natural wood planks ...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...wood and to put together an exhaustive framing cut list to reduce waste. We also used reclaimed doors and cabinets to earn points in the Materials & Resources category. It was a great exercise that made us realize that the steps we took to get our LEED points are ones the building industry as a whole should adopt, to...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...wood does act as a thermal bridge, but not nearly as much as metal, and with engineered I-joists, at only 5/8ths of an inch, the conductivity of the wood isn’t a great concern and becomes even less so the deeper it is. Fiberglass thermal spacers or "Cascadia Clips" The purpose of fiberglass insulation fasteners is ...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...wood is a living material it does move with changes in the weather and over time. Succesfully sealing windows against air-leaks relies on flexible seals being fitted between the frames and the framing, often called Air Sealing System Tapes , which are part of an effective Exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS). W...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...framing” means , I called the person with whom we eventually built. Timber framing is how most Europeans built houses until the 1800s. Four or more heavy logs provided structural support at each corner of the house, and light walls were built between them. It fell out of fashion mostly because a new stud frame method...