Choosing wood products / Guides

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...

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

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

...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 choosing FSC certified or SCI wood p...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...wood in the project prevented the emission of over 310 tons of carbon in comparison to other materials. Wood: underutilized and over-exploited: There is a lot of potential for increasing the amount of wood used in both residential and non-residential construction. New wood products and innovative building practices...

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

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...wood products from sustainably managed sources, and most wood product suppliers now offer a wide range of FSC-certified products. Wood stands out as an environmentally responsible product, even more so if it comes from well-managed and local forests. But doesn't wood need to be treated? If you were to compare a bor...

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...wood finishing oil can even be used on childrens toys © Livos Kunos is an impregnating wood oil that acts as a dye, sealant and finish; it bonds with the interior of the wood but continues to let it breathe. This helps preserve the natural beauty of wood and enhance the grain and colour. As far as durability ...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...wood veneer plywood © Columbia Forest Products Plywood Plywood is most commonly found as a 4 x 8' panel that is made from thin sheets of wood veneer that are bonded together using phenol formaldehyde glues, although certain manufacturers are leading the way with formaldehyde-free plywood products. Plywood is us...

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...

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

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...wood. Choosing FSC products promotes the market for responsible forestry management. Engineered hardwood floors: Engineered wood is comprised of several layers of plywood forming the core of your flooring, with a top layer of hardwood. When finished, engineered wood will look like any other hardwood floor. ...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...products such as rigid foam insulation boards, Rockwool or spray foam insulation to name a few examples. Some natural insulations are better suited to slip into the more ‘mainstream’ yet ‘green home leaning’ building industry than others, which are the ones that can replace existing products without being too noticea...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...wood siding products Composite wood siding © Céline Lecomte Composite wood refers to the repurposing of waste wood into usable siding products. Small chips and sawdust can be steam pressed into a very close likeness of actual wood siding, including the addition of realistic looking 'grain'. ...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...wood grained melamine to match the wood doors is not at all uncommon. Wood doors: We will be working in this example with maple 'Shaker' style five-piece doors with a flat plywood centre. This is by far the most popular and affordable wood door style. The five pieces are the two rails (horizontal), two stiles (vertic...