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Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

The sight of a tree falling can easily trigger something even in the most unlikely environmentalist. Ignoring that visual, wood can be a much greener materia...

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Wood frame construction
Wall assemblies - new construction

Material choices for wood frame construction

Solid wood and various wood-based products are used for framing, insulating and finishing. Here is a brief rundown on the different products you have to choo...

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Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding

Shou sugi ban burnt wood exterior cladding is naturally made and very durable.

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90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

How to find a healthier wood finish

A wood floor will need to be sealed and protected but many products have a detrimental effect on air quality.

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Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

Undeniably the most ecological framing material, wood is both a renewable resource and one that serves to reduce greenhouse gas emissions when used in place ...

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Related products

High efficiency fireplace
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood stove or fireplace

Making sense of fireplace and wood stove specifications and knowing how to choose the right one for you.

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Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

Burning the right firewood

Dense hardwoods like maple, oak, birch and cherry are some of the better woods for heating. Different species of wood are available in different areas, so th...

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Roof assemblies - new construction

Mineral wool insulation in roofs

Mineral wool batts being installed in roof for a total of R95

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Professional services

building with recycled shipping pallets
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Building with recycled shipping pallets

built with 105 recycled shipping pallets, this innovative structure by b sq. Design Studio Inc. included walkways, a playhouse, a water feature, and vertical...

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Reclaimed sunken lumber for wood ceiling
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Choosing between wood and drywall for ceilings

Wood is a natural material with no off-gassing and no treatment necessary.

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Wall assemblies - new construction

Wood framing

All lumber for interior and exterior framing is FSC certified

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