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 s...

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.… This very question comes up a lot for me during site consultations with clients. Some people buy an old home, maybe inherit an old home, or are just tired of living in an old home and aren’t sure of the best course of act...

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.… Extremely low temperatures can test your home in many ways, and sometimes return a failing grade. Even brand new homes built to code can see failures of their building envelopes, windows, doors and ve...

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 woo...

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, Onta...

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

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

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

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 le...

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 return.… Not everyone who wants to be 'green' has a wad of bills they can throw at the latest and greatest technologies. So where should you apply the capital you ...

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...

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.… There are many choices to make regarding choosing a building envelope, starting with a basement foundation or a slab-on-grade, and a multitude of different building envelopes. Your building env...

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, Pas...

News

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...

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 ...

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 F...

Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office

2015 Award Winning Project: Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office

It's that time of year when the Canadian Green Building Awards are granted. Among this years winners: MEC's Head Office… Originally published on the Sab Mag blog, click through to see the rest of this years awardees. Jury comment A very high-performance building that does justice to its client’s corporate phil...

Advice

Improving insulation when replacing siding.

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Can I spray foam insulate from the outside?

Posted by Kurt Klischuk June 6, 2019, 8:56 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

Posted by Lee Watt June 3, 2019, 10:57 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How to Insulate a 3 season cottage

Posted by Terry Skindilias April 23, 2019, 9:27 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 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 6 Responses

Insulated Concrete Forms and Gigacrete panels

Posted by Dallin Sumpter Feb. 21, 2019, 2:46 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 4 Responses

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