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Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...wood is pretty simple; it takes little more than a quick hand-sanding if necessary, and wiping on a single coat of oil. Shou sugi ban siding and torrefied wood: There is a related wood treatment called torrefied wood or thermo-modified wood , where milled planks are baked in a high-temperature oven. Virtually all t...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

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

...Siding Installation here . Solid wood siding Wood siding fitted horizontally © Ecohome Pros of Wood Siding: It makes for a great looking traditional finish to the siding on a home. Certainly with FSC wood siding, extraction & manufacturing can be sustainable, and very little pollution ...

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 siding: $8 to $20 per square foot installed, depending on type of wood, style and the complexity of the job. Expected siding lifespan: Durability of 40 to 55 years if the wood siding is regularily & carefully maintained Note: There are companies that offer pre-painted wood siding products, a quality that you...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...siding a chance to drain away harmlessly. The air space between siding and sheathing should also allow humid air to escape. In order for both of these actions to take place, when siding is installed correctly there needs to be a continuous space behind siding where water can drain and air can flow. Common siding inst...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

Keep vinyl out of your home (albums excluded of course)

...siding, windows, the list goes on. We have surrounded ourselves with the stuff. So what can we do? Slowly but surely, remove it from your life. Here are some alternatives: Glass shower doors Choosing healthy and durable flooring materials Choosing green kitchen countertops Wood or metal siding for exterior ...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...siding does it have and does it look like it's in good shape? Bricks won't change much over time but can be refinished if needed , but wood siding will need repainting every 15 years or so; figure out how far away you are from future maintenance costs. Look around the base of siding and at the corners for signs of rot ...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...wood decking come from a deconstructed 1940s Ottawa-area air force hanger. Salvaged materials are combined with new factory-finished wood siding, renewable soy/vegetable oils and recycled polyethylene [plastic bottles] based foam insulation, and high-performance windows. Interior materials were choosen based on reg...

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

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

...wood and plaster further protects panels from weather during construction, and the quick installation of finished panels means you can get a roof over them quickly. When I spoke with Chris Magwood about the public perception regarding moisture issues, he had this to say: " We think nothing about putting trees in our ...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...Wood and cellulose insulation : the walls and roof of the house are framed with FSC certified wood and are insulated with cellulose (shredded recycled newsprint ), and wood fiber panels. Metal and cedar siding and roofing: the exterior cladding of walls and roofs was done using steel, with the gable end walls finishe...

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 ...

Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Larsen truss wall systems with double-stud construction & extra insulation for new homes & energy efficient home renovation

...wood sheathing taped to act as vapor barrier and air barrier 11 7/8" TGIs (I-joists) as a double-stud wall attached to the exterior of the sheathing (R42) 1.5" ECO4 Wood fiber-board rigid exterior insulation (R4) Weather barrier (WRB) Strapping Exterior cladding * Both homes are built on a raft-slab ‘ sla...