Choosing durable floors / Guides

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...durable than a floor made of solid wood only. Worthy of note: Engineered wood floors lend themselves well to in-floor radiant heat. Solid hardwood floors: Wood flooring can come either raw or pre-finished. Traditional raw wood flooring usually requires as much work in finishing as it did to install and that’s cer...

DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video
Flooring and stairs

Cork flooring installation - the eco-friendly flooring choice, with "how to" video

...durable & Beautiful Floors , Marmoleum : A healthy and non-toxic green flooring product , Choosing non-toxic floor finishes to protect indoor air quality all at Ecohome, North America's Green Building Website .

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...floors are extremely durable and non-toxic ; silicate-based densifiers keep them that way and make it a great start to safe indoor-air quality in a home. This is an excellent flooring option for anyone with chemical sensitivities who wants a beautiful and durable eco-friendly floor in their passive solar home - especia...

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil
Flooring and stairs

Sanding your own wood floors

...floors I stop at 120. Drum sanders - oh boy, this is where things get a little different, and the stakes go right up . If sanding a floor for the first time was like learning to drive, choosing a drum sander would be like choosing a stick shift instead of an automatic. With lots of hill starts. Blindfolded and with M...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...durable and affordable that will better protect your home air quality. Insulating under concrete floors is essential Many building codes have only recently insisted on the inclusion of insulation below concrete basement floors , and as always, it is important to realize that the requirements of building codes are t...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...durable buildings, and taking advantage of its thermal mass by keeping it inside the building envelope can help regulate interior temperatures. There is also an increasing use of precast concrete in the building industry, which offers advantages in terms of environmental impact, cost and speed of construction - especia...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...floors: A large portion of heat is lost to poorly insulated basements, including below slab floors. The optimum levels of insulation below slabs varies by region and climate, but also by individual building site and soil conditions. To save both money and energy, we recommend a minimum of R20 under slabs in most of C...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...floors is simply done by adding insulation - yep, we have a guide for how to insulate slab on grade floors when building, here . Why build on a slab instead of a basement? To save money and carbon emissions, and have a healthier and more durable house. For a detailed guide on choosing between a Slab on Grade or a...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...durable and healthy flooring material you can choose for a slab on grade foundation. The only downside, is that it can be a bit tough on the knees for some people, myself included, (note to self - walk don't crawl). I’m not a huge fan of hard concrete floors, so if it were me I would choose a radiant floor, but add a t...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...Choosing the Best Insulation , Choosing Between a Slab on Grade or Foundation and Basement , or to find Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale , visit the Green Building Guide Pages at Ecohome, North America’s Trusted Green Building Website.

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...durable floors Find healthy and environmentally friendly building materials See this 90 year old reclaimed red pine floor refinished with zero VOC floor oil See here to learn about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership .