Structural Wall Design

Choosing structural wall assemblies


Choosing between renovating and rebuilding

Renovating or tearing down and starting over

Whether a house is worth rebuilding or is better torn down takes considering a lot of factors.

Icicles are an indication of heat loss, which can cause damage to insu

Winter troubleshooting - are you ready for the cold?

Tips for preparing your house for winter: how to make your house more efficient, more durable and more comfortable.

Tyvek home wrap left exposed to wind and UV rays

Weather barriers - what they do and how to install them

Weather barriers (or more accurately water-resistive barriers) keep bulk water away from vulnerable building components and allow walls to dry at the same time.

Wood framing

All lumber for interior and exterior framing is FSC certified

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation

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...

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...

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.

Caulking around windows is a cheap way to save a lot of money and ener

Green home improvements: a pyramid scheme that actually works!

There are a number of ways you can up the efficiency of your home without spending much money. Here are our top 8 home improvement tips with the greatest ret...

Interior sheathing wood frame construction

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour barrier

3/4 inch OSB sheathing on the interior can be an excellent air barrier and a great vapour barrier as well.

HOUS.E+ by Polifactory

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 ...

Timber frame home being raised

Foundations and structures

Choose a structure and building envelope with the best possible energy performance within your lifestyle needs and budget.


A building made from K-Tect’s foam and steel structural insulated pane

A New High Performance Wall System Makes Inroads Into the Ottawa Construction Market

With the help of The Healthiest Home in Ottawa, a couple in Aylmer, Quebec are the first in the National Capital Region to build a home with an innovative wa...

The nail puller Pneumatic tool for reclaiming old lumbe

Salvaging old lumber with the Nail Kicker

The Nail Kicker quickly and easily removes nails from old lumber, saving costs on material purchase as well as waste disposal.

Teachers experimenting with insulated I-joists as wall studs

Webisode # 2 following a carpentry school that is making big waves in Quebec

As they set out to build a LEED Certified house that will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, a very excited group of students and teachers can't wait to bre...

The Scrooser: eco cruising in style

Navigating the urban core never looked better. Transportation in a congested urban core can be challenging, frustrating and tough on the environment. Electri...


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