Choosing building materials / Guides

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?

...Materials Brands : Maxi Forest, white cedar coating Ideal roof, metal cladding Maçonnex, metal coating Non-toxic materials for walls & ceilings Materials for the interior were specifically chosen to maintain a high standard of clean indoor air quality , formaldehyde-free, low-environmental impact, durability ...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...Materials Brands : Maxi Forest, white cedar coating Ideal roof, metal cladding Maçonnex, metal coating Non-toxic materials for walls & ceilings Materials for the interior were specifically chosen to maintain a high standard of clean indoor air quality , formaldehyde-free, low-environmental impact, durability ...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...building materials around the globe, particularly something as weighty as granite. It is for this reason that the credit MR5 in the Materials and Resources category of LEED for Homes certification exists. To get a point for buying local, LEED has a limit of 800km by truck or 2400km by rail or water for the transporta...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

Keep vinyl out of your home (albums excluded of course)

...Choosing healthy and durable flooring materials Choosing green kitchen countertops Wood or metal siding for exterior cladding Fiberglass window frames Wooden baby toys and chairs There are a lot of toxic materials in homes and they have a cumulative effect on indoor air quality . We aren't advocating stripp...

Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop
Kitchens

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

...choosing other types of sustainable & green countertops for kitchens & bathrooms , carrying out sustainable non-toxic green kitchen renovations or sustainable green building techniques in general, visit the EcoHome Sustainable Green Building Guide Pages here .

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...building materials Where most building materials have a ‘carbon footprint’, meaning the amount of embodied energy required to extract raw materials and manufacture products , some natural building materials, like the grass insulation from Gramitherm that we just came across, actually have a negative carbon footprint ...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...building materials. Choosing the right environmentally-friendly and high-performance building materials is critical for building a green home. By the time you get to the point of making material selections, you should have a building team in place, as they themselves will likely have preferred building materials and ...

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

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...choosing the best interior finishing materials , our greatest concern in a modern airtight building envelope would be in regards to the human health impacts of poor air quality due to the building materials we select and the rate they off-gas toxic chemicals into the air we breath. It's an unfortunate and unacceptabl...

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Interior design and furnishing

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...materials. Read more about protecting indoor air quality with non-toxic interior furnishings and choosing non-toxic building materials in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages at North America's green building website, Ecohome.

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

...choosing sustainable roofing materials, one of the most ecologically disastrous materials in the building materials market is also one of the most common - asphalt shingles. They have a horrible track record in all senses – the raw materials are mostly petroleum, they have a short life span and an extremely low rate of...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...building materials will off-gas for many years after construction has been completed. Using solid wood materials rather than composites like MDF (medium density fibreboard) for finishing trim will mean less dust during construction and it will eliminate future off-gassing. Read more here about choosing non-toxic buil...