Finding used building materials / Guides

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...used again, but when buyers can’t find sellers, otherwise usable materials are being sent to a land fill. There is a growing amount of used building materials t...

Disposing of old batteries
Kitchens

Waste management: compost and recycling

...materials. We have used and really like this stand alone recycling bin option for the modern kitchen. built-in kitchen counter recyling bins © Ecohome P...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...building materials Where most building materials have a ‘carbon footprint’, meaning the amount of embodied energy required to extract raw materials and manufa...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...building codes, building materials, and how we condition our homes. These changes mean homes are better insulated, more airtight and, most importantly, with bet...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...buildings and retailers are happy to get rid of them. They can be used either in their current form or taken apart and reused as small pieces. Used material w...

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Interior design and furnishing

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...materials. Read more about protecting indoor air quality with non-toxic interior furnishings and choosing non-toxic building materials in the Ecohome Green Bu...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...materials used, and so they are now much more commonly seen than other countertop materials (or cheese metal bands with brightly-coloured stretchy pants for tha...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...building techniques here : Off Grid and Zero Energy Homes Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate The "Damn-Near" Passive Hous...

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

...used in residential construction, but tall wood buildings (between 5 and 10 stories), encouraged by changes in building code in relation to timber use in tall b...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...finding the best compromise that covers your needs. Solar panels are made out of different materials and the type you'll need depends on your climate and how yo...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...used by roof leaks and other building envelope failures. Along with affecting the durability of your home, mold and mildew can cause or aggravate allergies, ast...