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Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

I am preparing my property to build and I want to find building plans. We don’t currently have plans we can offer unfortunately. There are Passive House and LE...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Where can I find formaldehyde free cabinets that aren't plywood?

...finding a non-toxic wood finish, which is why I asked just how sensitive you are because zero VOC clear finishes are hard to find, and zero VOC oils are even ha...

Posted by Camille Young Dec. 3, 2019, 7:56 p.m. Kitchens 3 Responses

Can I purchase XPS made with HFOs?

We start a new residential build Spring 2020. Can I purchase XPS panels with HFOs anywhere? If not, any idea when they will be available? If they aren't availa...

Posted by Kate Noblio Dec. 14, 2019, 12:35 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 2 Responses

Where can I find non-toxic outdoor material to use for carcuses for BBQ joinery?

ideally waterproof (or water resistant), mould proof and able to be used as shelving

Posted by Ros Young Jan. 7, 2020, 6:47 p.m. 0 Responses

How do I find a green builder in my region?

...finding a builder that has built a Passive House or a LEED certified home would be knowledgeable in the area of green home building . Also search ‘ green builde...

Posted by Marie Isakower July 26, 2018, 8:12 a.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 3 Responses

Where can I find caulking and adhesives without antimicrobial (biocides) chemicals?

Although many caulking and adhesive products are now solvent-free and NO or LOW VOC, many contain synthetic antimicrobials or "antifungals" or mildewcides, or ...

Posted by Riki Luri Jan. 10, 2020, 9:55 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 0 Responses

What is the cost of a Net Zero House?

...find/ I have been all over your site and many others and can not find the info. I have as many questions as answers unfortunately, but it will at least get us s...

Posted by SD Holman May 19, 2018, 3:14 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

Is Blum hardware LBC compliant or free of Red List components?

I can find no information on this online and Blum seems to be vague about it also. Any assistance would be appreciated. That is a great question, and so far we...

Posted by Phil Lipton Aug. 27, 2019, 10:45 a.m. Kitchens 2 Responses

Are air purifiers a good option for keeping my apartment air cleaner?

I find the air in my apartment stale and I don't much like the smell. I don't think it's cooking smells and I don't smoke, I just think its the whole building ...

Posted by Chris George Nov. 14, 2017, 10:53 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

...find alternatives other than wood, which gets quite expensive. Would welcome your thoughts. There are a number of pages you can find at this search link all abo...

Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

Where can I purchase non-toxic interior wall panels near Laval, Quebec?

...find suppliers in my area. What do you suggest? If you’re doing basement repairs after a flood, before you start shopping for low VOC wall panels , make sure yo...

Posted by Louise Goulet Nov. 30, 2019, 1:14 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on using large flax straw bales (4x4) to build in Saskatchewan?

...find now. Large bales are cheap and more compact (need less or no precompression). And what about footings? There can be more risk of insects and rodent infesta...

Posted by Al Birchard Nov. 11, 2019, 12:56 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

We had a water leak in our basement earlier this year and when the contractors started pulling off damaged drywall we were disgusted to find that our basement ...

Posted by Brian Cole Nov. 22, 2019, 10:22 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...find one that does not off gas). The idea of a moveable home is attractive to us because we are not sure where we want to settle. We would like to invest in som...

Posted by Lexy Cara Jan. 23, 2020, 1:39 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

What are your thoughts about incorporating natural ventilation techniques into the heating/cooling/ventilation design of a house?

...find much info on your site regarding natural ventilation within an energy efficient house May we ask where you are located? The level of success you would have...

Posted by dean c Jan. 18, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...find it very useful (and educational). I am a carpenter from Scotland living in British Columbia now and as we tend not to have basements at home, I'm finding i...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...find they are: A) a little cramed B) too much maintenance. I then started looking at Earthships which had great ideas but seemed off. Btw, I love your guys's ar...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

What would you say is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

I currently heat my house with electric radiators but I find it very unbalanced, some spots are too hot and some too cold. Is there any system I can install th...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses