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Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...concrete slab on grade makes a perfect thermal battery for solar heat . Sealing concrete floors: Raw concrete is very porous and will have a lot of tiny, in...

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

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...concrete floors: Polished concrete floor © sdconcrete.com Concrete production releases a lot of greenhouse gases, but the finished product is incredibly...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...Finishing a concrete slab on grade: the most affordable final finish is achieved by simply finishing the concrete with a power trowel to the desired sheen. A hi...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...concrete floors is essential Many building codes have only recently insisted on the inclusion of insulation below concrete basement floors , and as always, it...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...concrete connections in foundations © Ecohome Avoid wood-to-concrete connections: Concrete foundations take five years to fully dry, and that is only ...

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

...Floors here Interior finishing wood Mouldings for interior finishing can be made of all sorts of materials. Solid wood is one option (pine, oak, maple or ye...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...concrete for foundations and slab floors : Concrete production is a huge source of greenhouse gas emissions; buying concrete with a percentage of recycled conte...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...concrete floors, so if it were me I would choose a radiant floor, but add a thin wood finish to it. Most engineered hardwood products can be added to a slab on ...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...finishing oil for decks & floors that's non-toxic, see here for details 8) Choose Your Deck's Wood Grain Carefully: if you work with the growth rings of the w...

DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Wood and organic materials

Two new options of mass timber panels

...floors, walls and roofs), with significant advantages over steel or concrete options. There are two products in that general family that have attracted our at...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...finishing a basement is possible, read here to find out how. Radon in Crawlspace floors that won’t be insulated: A radon barrier needs to be installed to se...