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Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...wood comes from a sustainably managed forest , so FSC labelled wood is always preferred. Where to buy wood: Wherever you live in Canada, there is without a doubt wood being harvested not too far away. If you want to ensure your wood qualifies in some sense as 'local', you can start first of all by species selection...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...wooden pallets were used by railways in Europe to move goods - so we would probably avoid any wooden pallets with just this labelling - unless that is it also has the EPAL label (see below). Is a pallet stamped EUR safe to use for building a pallet bed or to use the wood for a headboard? If you find a European ...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...building materials becomes greater all the time. And that is simply considering the direct cost to the consumer; indirectly, the costs are exponentially higher through environmental destruction and the costs that come with it. Depending on the type of product, some used building materials will save you a lot of money...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...wood-frame walls with polyiso foil-faced insulation panels [with zero HCFCs] eliminates thermal bridging, and helps the walls to achieve R-35. As described earlier, natural ventilation in the summer reduces energy needs for cooling. We sourced some salvaged materials for the beauty they would bring to the project. Th...

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

...with Marmoleum which is made of linen, a renewable and natural material that is very durable and does not contaminate indoor air quality. FSC Wood and cellulose insulation : the walls and roof of the house are framed with FSC certified wood and are insulated with cellulose (shredded recycled newsprint ), and wood fib...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...without knowing that variable, there was no way to accurately assess the total ecological impact of a building. Using this tool builds on the adoption of BIM or building information modeling, which is another associated construction industry trend that will carry over into 2020. BIM is a way of representing buildings...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...with contractors disassembling old buildings, or offer a place to buy and sell leftover materials from building projects and home upgrades. On many of these sites you can search by category and location; with some (such as Sustainabuild Canada ), you can also put in a request for certain materials and receive notific...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...building products such as non-toxic and durable laminate countertops. Here are a few alternative sustainable kitchen counter options that we quite like for green homes with Passive House PHIUS+ certification or LEED v4 certification standards, not just for the look, but also for the material composition, durability &...