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Desiree Fleck
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I'm moving onto a farm in Good Hope, near Ava, Missouri (that's southwest) as soon as we finish building our room. Building a home structure is VERY new to me so it's been overwhelming trying to figure out what sort of materials to use. The shed we are building in is already there, 24' by 40'. It's a normal metal sided shed with beams on the interior and a cement floor, rather high ceiling. We are trying to do things inexpensively but as eco friendly as possible. We were able to find insulation incredibly cheap so we scooped it up, but it's your run of the mill fiberglass chemical poofy sort of insulation. Now we are wondering how the heck are we going to contain it in such a way that we create a good air quality inside? A friend of mine told me about OSB which is inexpensive and I suppose it's somewhat earth friendly because it uses the entire tree, he says. It's very humid here, very hot in the summer, cold in the winter... Any suggestions for walling is MUCH APPRECIATED! We are putting in two bedrooms, a loft, a community kitchen, aquaponics system, and a big open space to hold yoga classes, etc. It's very exciting and once we get this structure built we can move onto the fun stuff! Thanks in advance!
 
Sean Rauch
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Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
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First things first if you are building or renovating a structure that is going to house the public it is your responsibility to ensure that it is safe in every way you can think to make it so. My recommendation is to involve an engineer who can help you with that process. Structural integrity comes before insulation in an existing structure. This is your first responsibility.

Properly insulating the inside of a steel building is generally hard to do well with fibreglass on the walls, you may find a good place for the glass in the roof for it though.

Probably the easiest overall would be to just strap the inside with wood framing and infill with spray foam for the walls. You could look at things like strawbale etc on the inside but I honestly done see making it work properly being worth the effort.
 
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