Choosing flooring / Guides

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

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

...flooring installation guide: Now that you know all about Cork Flooring Installation, check the Ecohome Green Building Guide Pages for other options such as How to Choose Eco-Friendly healthy, durable & Beautiful Floors , Marmoleum : A healthy and non-toxic green flooring product , Choosing non-toxic floor finishes ...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

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

...Flooring, furniture, baby chairs, toys, counter tops, shower curtains, exterior siding, windows, the list goes on. We have surrounded ourselves with the stuff. So what can we do? Slowly but surely, remove it from your life. Here are some alternatives: Glass shower doors Choosing healthy and durable flooring mat...

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

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...flooring © Lusimat Cork is another durable and renewable flooring material. Cork is harvested from the bark of a specific oak tree, so the tree itself is left alive. Cork flooring products will often contain recycled content from exactly where you would guess — wine bottle corks. Finish it the way you would a wood ...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...choosing to build a slab-on-grade instead. Concrete foundations - pros & cons: For a modest sized home, a concrete foundation will cost you easily between $20,000 and $30,000 . Factor in a subfloor and finished flooring, you’ll be lucky to stay under $40,000. Building basements ‘just because’ invites unnecessary co...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...choosing non-toxic building materials to protect air quality . Buy pre-finished wood flooring: Fumes from the varnish you apply to a freshly sanded floor will be a lot more noticeable and last longer than wood that comes pre-finished from a manufacturer. Alternatively, we would recommend using a natural floor oil ins...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...choosing to buy FSC certified wood products means buying wood products with a clear conscience in terms of its origins and environmentally sound credentials and the assurance that future generations will be able to enjoy the full benefits of forests – including the diversity of the animals living in them. Will choosi...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

Polished concrete 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 s...

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 a slab on grade instead of a basement leads to a significant reduction in the use of concrete, as all the walls of the home are made of wood. The First S1600 house built was an Ecohome concept house with a slab-on-grade solar air-heated radiant floor. Natural building materials reduce emissions The...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...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 thin wood finish to i...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...choosing synthetic drywall; namely, anytime we use recycled and reclaimed raw materials we preserve natural resources and natural habitat destruction. In the case of recycled gypsum board, along with redirecting an endless supply of waste away from landfills, it contributes to reducing acid rain, which is caused primar...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

Adhesives and sealants: Modern homes have a lot more caulking and adhesives than older homes. Adhesives are liberally applied to many surfaces for ease and speed of job completion, as well as to prevent squeaking between flooring and joists, for example. Functionally speaking, caulking is used to prevent moisture ...