House Construction Materials


Healthy housing principles revolve around conservation and minimizing waste as much as possible. My family and I are very environmentally conscious and because of this we tried to be very careful with the house construction materials we used, how much waste we produced, and how much energy we used. All of the materials we used in our designs and our construction plans tried to an environmentally responsible as possible. Also, we found that using Healthy Housing principles when building our home help with affordability and costs.

As we began collecting our materials to build our house, we made sure that we stored the materials in proper areas with protection. This is because, if the materials are left out in rough weather that changes, you can damage the materials which would mean more needs to be purchased. Also, sometimes you might not be able to see the damage clearly, and you will end up using the materials which can lead to construction defects. We made sure that we had the house construction materials delivered to our construction site right before we needed them so that the risk of the materials being left out and damaged was small.

Our builders and designers worked these items into the plan as much as possible. For example, only after the foundation is complete did we have the sheathing materials and framing lumber delivered to the site. When keeping lumber on site, stack them on skids that high off the ground and cover the pile with a waterproof cover. Any lumber that is stored in close piles can soak up water, which in turn causes a very slow drying out process.

Dimension lumber is commonly used of faming and is usually 1 ½ to 3 ½ in. (38 to 89 mm) thick. Anything thicker than this is called timber. Any lumber in Canada that you will use to build your house will have a grade stamp, which marks that it conforms to the National Lumber Grades Authority (NLGA) grading rules for lumber in Canada.  Lumber is given a particular grade depending on its physical characteristics. Select Structural is the highest grade. Engineered wood products (EWPs) are also used for wood-frame housing and are made using less wood from small, faster growing trees and make better use of forest resources.

Typically, once the framing has started, you can start to bring in the roofing shingles and plan for the installation of windows and doors. Other smaller items can be stored inside the house for protection once the roofing is done. However, try not to put too much in one spot on the floor since this can overload the floor joints. Any house construction materials related to interior trims of hardwood flooring should only be brought in after the basement floor is done and completely dried. This is because before drying is done, the floor gives off moisture.