Wood framing / Guides

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Slab on Grade

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...wood was used for framing. Slab-on-grade forms © Ecohome 3. Plumbing and mechanical infrastructure All plumbing infrastructure (water pipes, drains, radon stack, central vac, power conduits, etc.) was put in place next, below the coming insulation and concrete. We used insulated water pipes courtesy of Upon...

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 ...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...wood framing , poorly installed insulation, or even the complete absence of insulation in some spots. Some insulation materials can settle; other times builders take short cuts and future homeowners pay the price. Depending on the severity of the problem you may want to re-insulate one way or another. It’s best to sp...

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?

...wood rot down there, removing the flooring and floor joists and filling the void with clean fill and insulation and pouring a concrete floor on top makes more sense. Voila, you now have a slab-on-grade foundation . You can then have either have a beautifully sealed and polished concrete floor or install eco-friendly ha...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...framing materials making it a durable form of batt insulation. It works to reduce sound transmission and is resistant to insects and pests. Hemp is Hypoallergenic and natural so no special safety gear such as gloves or masks are required during installation and it can help ensure a home with extremely safe and clean ai...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...wooden block (or worse still a stray framing nail) while blind from the perspiration running into your eyes. This step will require removing insulation too, so personally - having "been there, done that", I leave this job to insulation professionals - but if you're up in the attic at night with lights on below, anywh...

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...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...wood comes from a sustainably managed forest , so FSC labelled wood is always preferred. Where to buy wood: Wherever you live in Canada, there is without a doubt wood being harvested not too far away. If you want to ensure your wood qualifies in some sense as 'local', you can start first of all by species selection...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...framing can be done much cheaper with a slab-on-grade than a basement. With a slab, the same milestone is reached without having to build an 8-foot concrete wall, nor do you have to build a wooden subfloor on top. Comfort and efficiency: In the absence of 5 feet of dirt, a slab-on-grade in cold climate zones requir...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...wood as structural beams in buildings and homes , or so it would seem in the circles where we travel. This is a great trend towards preserving natural resources and old growth trees, as Mass Timber Panels are made from post-industrial waste wood as well as smaller dimension trees from logging that are normally too smal...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...wood, then 1.5" of Roxul ComfortBoard, which is the same material as Roxul batts but in the form of a rigid board. By wrapping all the walls in mineral wool, it prevents thermal bridging, where heat would otherwise pass through the wood framing (which is a poor insulator compared to the insulation it holds in place). ...