Building Materials

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

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Hemp building supplies

Hemp cabinetry materials as an alternative to standard wood boards

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 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 th...

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...

Wood frame 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...

Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

Kunos oil from Livos is a natural oil for floors, counters and furniture

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications

Understand the performance characteristics and limitations of insulation before you make a purchase.

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. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 3 Responses

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 5 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 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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