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Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...bathroom - imagine what it's doing to you, the user, and your family - and go find an eco-friendly alternative! Now you've learned about how to choose the best laminate countertops, for more help in choosing other types of sustainable & green countertops for kitchens & bathrooms , carrying out sustainable non-toxic...

Tiny Tack House living room
Tiny house

The tiny house movement: Tiny Tack House

...bathroom, but is also capable of plugging into the grid at an RV Park if need be. The Tacks are currently running their home on 100% solar power and loving it. This is not an entirely common lifestyle, but Chris and Malissa are by no means alone. The Tiny House Movement is a growing housing trend, on wheels or statio...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...bathroom is not at all cramped and will have a normal-sized shower and toilet, which goes a long way towards making this house seem a realistic option for long term living. A triple-pane sliding patio door means a lot of natural light, as well as passive heat collection when parked facing south. This will reduce the ...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...Bathroom fans to manage moisture and prevent the risk of mold growth Central vacuum removes dust and helps reduce allergy symptoms Chosen ERV & Ventilation Brands : Venmar, air exchanger, bathroom fan, range hood, central vacuum Healthy interior finishing options Beyond aesthetics, many of the detail finish...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...Bathroom fans : If they are designed to run off a humidistat (a switch activated by relative humidity) or a timer, you can ensure they aren't running unnecessarily by simply being left on and forgotten. Having bathroom fans wired on the same circuit as a light (meaning they go on and off at the same time) is almost p...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...bathroom: the kitchen and bathroom cabinets, as well as all storage units are also made with the same non-toxic plywood panels. This make them much more durable than the standard melamine cabinets that are usually installed, so they are easier to maintain and can be reused during a redesign. The cupboard doors in the...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

Remember linoleum? Meet marmoleum! Remember linoleum, that durable but boring material found on most kitchen and bathroom floors of older homes? These days, its called marmoleum and it comes in bright colors and faux finishes. Whatever name you call it, it’s generally considered both the greenest and healthiest floo...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...bathroom with laundry, and storage. Windows and skylights are positioned to take full advantage of the natural light from the southern exposure, and are detailed with extruded wooden frames that accentuate their placement and views. To provide comfortable living in a small space, the Warburg house is essentially divi...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...bathroom cabinets Mass-produced cabinetry items are almost always loaded with formaldehyde and other VOCs. It is possible, but not easy to find formaldehyde-free units off the shelf if you find the right store. If you are building custom kitchens and bathrooms, speak with your cabinetmaker about using non-toxic mat...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...bathroom cabinets . Fed with cold water, these gas or electric heaters give you instant hot water, so you eliminate heat loss though piping and storage of water. Claims of superior energy efficiency with a tankless delivery system are somewhat exaggerated. In reasonably-sized homes without extremely long hot water fe...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...bathroom cabinets, window frames and doors, moldings, acoustic panels, interior doors, flooring, pergolas, etc. Worth noting - beyond just the toxins in sealants, as well as binders and adhesives found in most composite wood materials, there are other durability and air quality issues with MDF and other engineered bu...