Structural Wall Design

Choosing structural wall assemblies

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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…

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

Whether a house is worth rebuilding or is better torn down depends on a lot of factors, many of them personal, but also financial considerations like grants, sustainability & current condition of the building structure… Should I Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? This very question comes up a lot for me during site consult…

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

Tips for preparing your house for winter: how to make your house more efficient to save money on heating, more durable to save disasters & maintenance issues & more comfortable to keep the family toasty through the winter..… Top Tips for preparing a home for winter Extremely low temperatures over winter can test your …

Wood framing

All lumber for interior and exterior framing is FSC certified… All framing materials for the Demo House are FSC certified, and provided by our sponsor Kott Lumber. Kott engineered the plans for us , supplying detailed framing documents including a cut list for each framing member. We were also provided with a wood ord…

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 myths and misunderstandings surrounding this type of wall construction.… Dense-packed cellulose insulation - the History In 2005, Metric Homes of Carp, Ontario d…

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

Solid wood & various wood-based products are used for framing, insulating & finishing homes. Here is how to choose different lumber products for framing & their proper construction applications when building houses.… Framing lumber choices for building homes Framing lumber, also known as structural wood, is the grade …

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

Straw bale SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels) have all the benefits of traditional straw bale homes, but address all the risks.… Straw Bale Homes, are they any good? Traditional straw bale home construction can be a low-tech and affordable route to a very ecologically responsible home. There are, however, some legitim…

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome

Green home improvements: an energy-saving 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 10 energy-saving home improvement tips with the greatest return.… The best tips to save money & reduce bills? First of all, the best way to reduce bills & save money is to spend as little as possible for the…

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 materials much closer to home.… In the age of globalization, it's hard to know where a lot of our possessions truly originate, in part because even the simplest o…

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 …

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

Fitting extra insulation to an older home when renovating can be a great idea, but when insulating exterior walls from the outside take care to do it right. Ecohome investigates the easiest ways to retro-fit insulation to walls.… How to insulate house walls from the outside Adding extra insulation to the exterior wall…

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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 wall panel system from a U.S. company called K-Tect.… Brian Allemekinders and Deidre Yukich say that despite their new home being twice the size of their previous h…

Cellulose Environmentally Friendly Rigid Foam Insulation Panels

Cellulose rigid foam board insulation - the environmentally-friendly styrofoam replacement?

A new environmentally-friendly rigid foam insulation board made from cellulose nanocrystals is a viable alternative to Styrofoam - according to researchers at WSU… Current rigid foam insulation panel choices It would probably not come as a surprise to many people to hear that fiberglass insulation and rigid foam board…

Climate and Biodiversity Emergency Declared by UK Architects

UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency

Buildings & Construction play a major part in climate change & biodiversity loss - nearly 40% of CO2 emissions - EcoHome signed the Pledge… Climate change & biodiversity loss are a fact - so what can we do? Climate change & biodiversity loss are the most serious issues we can have a positive impact on by changing some…

USGBC Outstanding Single Family Home of the Year Earthship Farmstead

Kaplan Thompson Earthship Farmstead home receives high praise from the USGBC

The Wallace Residence, also known as the Earthship Farmstead, was named Outstanding Single Family Home of the Year by the U.S. Green Building Council…   Editors note: This home has been named 'Earthship' but is not an official Earthship trademarked by Earthship Global.  From the USGBC : Outstanding Single Family Home …

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