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The knowledge during this booklet relies at the most present learn effects to be had to CMHC and has been reviewed through housing specialists. Readers are steered to guage the data, fabrics and methods rigorously and to refer to applicable specialist assets to figure out classes of motion appropriate for his or her occasions.

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For average-sized houses, about 16 weeks are required from start to finish. For more complex houses, 18 or more weeks may be needed. This does not account for delays due to inclement weather, inspections, material shortages, custom-ordered items or the scarcity of tradespersons during busy construction periods. Prior to construction, delays may be incurred while obtaining financing and a building permit. While late spring, summer and early fall are the best times for construction in Canada, year-round activity is possible if precautions are taken to protect materials.

However, borate tends to leach out of wood that is exposed to rain, so it is approved only for uses where the wood is protected from direct exposure to moisture. Corrosion-resistant fasteners such as those that are hot-dip galvanized or made of stainless steel should be used with treated wood. Regular nails or screws should not be used and electric galvanized fasteners should be avoided because the protective coating is too thin for long-term service. If preservative-treated lumber must be cut on the job site, the cut ends should be coated with a brush-on preservative until it is no longer absorbed into the wood.

Energy is required to extract raw materials for the production of construction products and to manufacture, transport and install them (their embodied energy). Careful storage and protection of materials reduces waste and therefore helps to reduce the effects of construction on the environment. Sustainable houses should provide only as much living volume as is needed. RELATED PUBLICATIONS About Your House: Canada’s Housing Construction System, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (product no.

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