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.

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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 ...

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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...

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Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

How to create landscaping surfaces that allow for the absorption of storm water.

Rain barrels for storm water management and rainwater harvesting

Introduction to rainwater harvesting

Whether you plan to use rainwater for toilets, showers or properly filtered for drinking, harvesting rainwater can be an excellent part of a home water effic...

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Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

The importance and the benefits of creating buildings and landscapes that retain and manage rainwater on site.

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Avoiding invasive species when landscaping

How to identify and choose plants that are native to your region.

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