Wall assemblies - new construction

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

Larsen truss wall systems are ideal for improving wall insulation when renovating homes & for building new homes with high performance insulation systems & double-stud walls… Larson truss wall systems for new green home building & renovations for max wall insulation A Larsen Truss is a type of lightweight & non struct…

Wall assemblies - new construction

Wood framing

All lumber for interior and exterior framing is FSC certified… All framing materials for the Demo House are FSC certified, and provided by our sponsor Kott Lumber. Kott engineered the plans for us , supplying detailed framing documents including a cut list for each framing member. We were also provided with a wood ord…

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

Dense-packed cellulose insulation in double stud walls offers high performance while maintaining a low carbon footprint. Here we bust some of the unfortunate myths and misunderstandings surrounding this type of wall construction.… Dense-packed cellulose insulation - the History In 2005, Metric Homes of Carp, Ontario d…

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

Solid wood & various wood-based products are used for framing, insulating & finishing homes. Here is how to choose different lumber products for framing & their proper construction applications when building houses.… Framing lumber choices for building homes Framing lumber, also known as structural wood, is the grade …

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

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

Straw bale SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels) have all the benefits of traditional straw bale homes, but address all the risks.… Straw Bale Homes, are they any good? Traditional straw bale home construction can be a low-tech and affordable route to a very ecologically responsible home. There are, however, some legitim…

HOUS.E+ by Polifactory
Wall assemblies - new construction

Rammed earth house

The age of cheap oil made it possible to build a home using materials from the furthest reaches of the earth. Sustainable housing practices involve sourcing materials much closer to home.… In the age of globalization, it's hard to know where a lot of our possessions truly originate, in part because even the simplest o…

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

When it comes to choosing a building envelope there are many variables to consider: what climate zone you're building in, performance, durability, health, comfort, and of course, cost.… What is the best wall system for a home?  We're frequently asked which is the perfect wall system for high-performance LEED, Passive …