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Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...durable but boring material found on most kitchen and bathroom floors of older homes? These days, its called marmoleum and it comes in bright colors and faux fi...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...homes are more thermally comfortable, more durable and they cost less to operate. Floors are the contact point between us and our house, so additional body he...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...durable and resistant to rot. This process can also be done with other common woods such as pine, hemlock, maple or oak and is the perfect finish to the exterio...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...homes and can be retrofitted in older homes. Several companies are now manufacturing air to air heat recovery units. Many window manufacturers are now build...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...homes , and some home insurance companies offer discounts as well, since LEED homes are more durable than homes built simply to provincial building code. Certai...

Pre-fabricated straw bale SIPS panels, an environmental choice
Wall assemblies - new construction

Modern straw bale SIPS construction: high performance, durable, affordable & interesting

...durable and affordable - the question remaining being, how to achieve this? Chris has been building straw bale homes for 18 years, and building them in panel ...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...homes , the market naturally follows suit. So thankfully it is becoming easier all the time to find green building products such as non-toxic and durable lamina...

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Healthy indoor air quality

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...homes, also to create a radon barrier. Radon gas occurs naturally in the soil, a result of decomposing uranium in the ground. So it's everywhere, but more inten...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...homes amidst a deep freeze and blizzard that coated homes with ice up to 3 feet thick in some places. Code-Built homes = the minimum allowed This makes bu...

Resilient Homes, why they're important in dealing with Climate Change
Lifestyle and environment

Resilient Homes; Why we need to build to withstand climate change events

...homes can help slow or reverse that process, we can at least do our best to do better, to build better homes by knowing which options make better structures wit...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

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

...durable flooring materials Choosing green kitchen countertops Wood or metal siding for exterior cladding Fiberglass window frames Wooden baby toys and c...