Building Materials

Choosing structural materials - Wood, concrete, steel, etc.

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Patio stones with very low greenhouse gas emissions

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

This type of concrete reduces the carbon emissions by 70%, fuel consumption by 30% and water use by 80%.

Concrete, wood and steel structures

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete

A life cycle analysis of the three major materials used as structural support for buildings

DLT Dowel Laminated Timber

Two new options of mass timber panels

Two new types of mass timber panels similar to cross-laminated timber are hitting the North American construction market

Choosing house sheathing

Which is better, OSB or plywood sheathing?

Both plywood and OSB have benefits and drawbacks, the most important thing is to understand and respect their limitations to avoid a wall failures.

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams

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...

Timber frame construction

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 ...

Bathroom with refinished claw foot tub and barn board trim in a home c

Finding environmentally friendly materials

Green materials don’t start and end with whether or not they are recyclable or contain recycled content. There are many factors to consider when searching fo...

Board and batten siding

Exterior cladding

Choose the best siding for your house - here are some tips on products, cost and durability.

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates can't work because they contradict the laws of physics.

BioSIPS Pre-fabricated straw bale panels

Modern staw bale construction: high performance, durable and affordable

Straw bale SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels) have all the benefits of traditional straw bale homes, but address all the risks.

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

The Net Zero Heat passive solar house in Lac Kenogami, Quebec, built by owner Alain Hamel pushes the bounds of energy efficiency. Here is a breakdown of thos...

Advice

How do you make new wood look old?

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 3:38 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

How do I find a green builder in my region?

Posted by Marie Isakower July 26, 2018, 8:12 a.m. Finding the right professionsals 3 Responses

How do you get rid of mould in a bathroom?

Posted by Anonymous Oct. 28, 2017, 9:50 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Is it normal that condensation forms on the windows of my new home?

Posted by Anonymous April 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

How to insulation the outside of a log home

Posted by Michael Hickey Aug. 2, 2018, 6:03 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Advice for replacing old windows

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

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