Walls and Insulation

The walls of the house are going to be 2x6 construction with Roxul ComfortBatts in the cavities. The differences with this wall system begin with the vapour barrier. There isn’t one. We are not putting polyethylene on the warm side of the walls. The reason is that we are putting significant amount of outsulation (Yes it’s a word despite what autocorrect feels.) outboard of the exterior sheathing. …

Sticks or Straw?

I used to build straw bale homes. I’ve worked on more than 2 dozen across two provinces. We were going to build one ourselves, which is how I got into the straw bale business. I also teach building science about natural construction, so one would think that it would be a no-brainer to build with straw. …

The Plans

We are very lucky in that through my career I have been able to work with some really amazing, skilled and talented people. People who know things, people who can do things, and people who work with amazing products. We have called on many of them to help make this process a success. 

Matt Dunkin of Green By Design was our absolute first person we wanted on board. …

Our House Addition & Renovation

My family and I are undertaking a major addition and renovation to our 120 year old home. We have lived here 10 years, and now it’s time to expand and do the things we have always wanted to do. I will be detailing some of the interesting facts and approaches about this process in hopes that you can make some better decisions with your own home. 

© Stephen Collette 2016