Drywall dust / Guides

Installing recycled drywall in the Edelweiss House
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Choosing the best drywall - video

...Drywall: There is a lot more to choosing drywall than one might think, and as it finds its way into pretty much every building made, a lot of resources are used in the process and noses irritated. In the LEED Platinum certified Edelweiss House , we used CGC Sheetrock® Brand Ultralight gypsum panels for an easier ...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...dust from cutting Dust from cutting drywall and sanding drywall compounds VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in paints and primers Formaldehyde and other chemicals present in building materials VOCs from adhesives and surface finishes Airborne fibers from insulation batts Off-gassing of foam insulation H...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...drywall. It’s made by mixing water and aggregates (sand, vermiculite or perlite), and then the gypsum is pressed between two continuously rolling sheets of paper and allowed to harden. Drywall pretty much replaced plaster and lath as the construction industry's "go to" wall finish from around the 1940's. Drywall is s...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...drywall over wood will probably become less noticeable, especially when building a certified Green Home with eco-friendly drywall. Reclaimed river wood installed on ceiling © Ecohome Paint and finishes for drywall & wood ceilings: You need to prime and paint drywall but you do not need to do anything with woo...

Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...drywall for fire protection. Don't install an additional vapour barrier behind drywall ; latex paint will act in this capacity. Spray foam or SPUF being installed correctly on basement walls © Bala Structures There have been a few nightmare cases reported where a SPUF installation went very wrong and appare...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...drywall is installed, so any necessary air seal repairs can be made. Minimum standards must be met for certification and points are awarded for exemplary performance. This category also deals with heating, cooling, domestic hot water and any renewable energy generation features. Given that this is where the energy pe...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

Mold in homes is a bad sign so how to get rid of it or prevent mold in drywall? Mold and mildew in homes develops in conditions of high humidity , most often in bathrooms, kitchens and basements, unless caused by roof leaks and other building envelope failures. Along with affecting the durability of your home, mold ...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...dustry. CalPlant facility in California that produces formaldehyde-free Eco friendly MDF alternatives with no VOCs Environmental benefits of rice straw MDF Rice straw MDF is produced from an agricultural waste product that currently has very little value , it can’t even be used as feedstock due to a lack of n...

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...drywall . Milk Paint: Milk paint emits no fumes and is completely safe for children, pregnant women and anyone with chemical sensitivities. It’s usually a bit cheaper than zero VOC paint and offers a more rustic look than conventional paint. Milk paint is most commonly available in a powdered form and needs to be...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

...drywall as fire protection, which can be attached to the stud wall. No vapour barrier is required in addition to spray foam. Building codes change and can vary by region, so confirm this locally, but currently The National Building Code in Canada for example allows foam insulation without fire protection on crawlspace ...

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

...drywalling. You’ve never done it but it looks pretty easy right? Well, I can tell you it is not (speaking as an experienced drywall messer-upper). A trained crew can drywall an entire house in a day sometimes; you may take a week. And then the trades person charged with mudding over your whacky joints may cost twice as...