Building Materials

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

Guide

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

With the cost of lumber at an all time high, and some suggesting it may hit +300%, we decided to look at how we can still build high performance yet affordable homes. The cost of lumber is at an all time high, and because of that fact, other wall assemblies are showing themselves to be more affordable in comparison. S…

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

What does 'FSC Certified' mean on Wood & Lumber Products? Choosing FSC Certified Lumber and Paper Products means it comes from sustainably managed forests and helps to protect old growth forests - which is good. What is "FSC Certified" lumber? The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, not-for-profit or…

Hemp fibreboard and Hemp insulation - the Green Building choice

Hemp building supplies

Hemp fibreboard cabinetry materials as an alternative to standard wood boards for kitchen cabinets - why it makes Eco-friendly sense. Hemp is a very sustainable construction material that is no longer just a fringe product; rather, it is becoming a more accessible mainstream building product, most notably as hemp-batt…

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

A life cycle analysis of the three major materials used as structural support for buildings - wood v concrete v steel - embodied carbon. Wood, steel and concrete each have specific structural advantages, each with their own characteristics. The following is a life-cycle comparison conducted by the Athena Sustainable M…

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. The commercial construction sector has warmly embraced cross-laminated timber (CLT) in recent years, taking advantage of it as the base structure, but also as a design feature. The assembly of smal…

Choosing between OSB or Plywood for house sheathing for Roofs, Walls & Floors.

Which is better, OSB or Plywood for Roofs, Walls & Floors?

Both Plywood & OSB have benefits & drawbacks, with much misinformation about Permeability - EcoHOME investigates the latest Data for new Code to help make the best choice. OSB v Plywood - Which is Best? Odds are, that if you pass a housing development of wood-framed houses, it will have OSB (oriented strand board) as…

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 material choice than many others if you put some thought into selection. Finding sustainable wood: We live in a country with over 400 million hectares of forest, so the…

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 of other materials.   The environmental advantages of wood frame construction: As just about the only renewable building material, wood has many advantages over o…

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 for sustainable materials. All materials will have a history, the pros and cons of which will need to be weighed. Unfortunately there isn’t always an obvious right…

Choosing a building envelope

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 H…

Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation

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…

News

Greenwashing - CMA Launches a New Investigation to Recognize it and Stop It

The UK Competition and Markets Authority is investigating "Greenwashing" of Products - Good!

We dislike product "Greenwashing," so it's music to our ears that the CMA in the UK will investigate descriptions and labels used to promote products and services claiming to be ‘eco-friendly’ with Worldwide implications. So what is product Greenwashing? Greenwashing eh? Heard the one about the "Natural Insulation" ri…

The History of Earth Day up to 50th Anniversary April 22 2020 - Ecohome

Earth Day 50th Anniversary was the 22 April 2020 - What's the History?

aka "Celebrate Earth Day every Day, not just Once a Year!" By spending our Money wisely We can make a difference to the Planet our children will Inherit. Here at ecoHOME.net we’re all about promoting Better Construction with a helpful focus on the step-by-step “How To” of Designing, Specifying, Building or Renovating…

Earth Day 2021 – America Mobilizes to make Earth Day every Day!

And so it's Earth Day, Again...

After the 50th anniversary of Earth Day last April kind of fizzled out in the face of impending viral doom, what does Earth Day 2021 mean for the Planet. Under a previous US administration, the environment seemed to have taken a back seat to nationalism, industry, jobs, and the economy. Initiatives like the Paris agr…

Ikea - Just How Sustainable is the Swedish Big-Box Furniture Retailer?

Ikea Sustainability and their new Sell-Back Program

When we think of Big-Box Stores & Retailers we don't generally think of sustainability - we think of a "pile it high & sell it cheap" disposable mentality - but we've been discovering that Ikea, the worlds largest furniture retailer, is at least trying. So here’s a new situation – We find that a certain corporation is…

Advice

Preferred lumber type for framing. DF or YP

Posted by Mike Thompson April 17, 2021, 12:12 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

Is cross laminated lumber to heavy to frame a cantilevered room?

Posted by Teresa Pfiffner May 20, 2020, 7:43 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

How do you make new wood look old?

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