Floor oil / Guides

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

How to find a healthier wood finish

...oils (linseed or tung oil) Natural oil finishes come from renewable resources, like flax seeds and tung tree nuts. Floor oils are not generally as durable as ...

Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks and toys
Healthy indoor air quality

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

...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...

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

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...floor easier to clean because dust and dirt don’t easily stick to the floor. Marmoleum gets tougher and more durable over time because the linseed oil continu...

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

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...floor made of solid wood only. Worthy of note: Engineered wood floors lend themselves well to in-floor radiant heat. Solid hardwood floors: Wood flooring ...

Passive Solar Index Home - super high efficiency
Passive solar home design

Passive Solar Index Home Case Study

...floor: R30 Slab construction Base consisting of 6 inches of crushed stone 4 "of rigid insulation under the footing, 7" of expanded polystyrene under the...

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil
Flooring and stairs

Sanding your own wood floors

...Floor preparation, the first step to the perfect wood floor Before attempting the refinishing of a wood floor, know what you're tackling first. Is your floor ...

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.

...floor joists for upper floors need not span so great a distance. 2. The air / vapour barrier can be installed on the exterior of the inner wall. This allows i...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...oil allowing boiler backup; 250L enameled-steel indirect tank) Vitocell 100-W, CVSA (Single coil with 4.5 kW electric element backup and 260L enameled-steel i...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...floor plans, which, to our eyes, looked dreamy and wonderful. Then we showed them to friends. When enough people with design backgrounds used words like “dung...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...flooring: Fumes from the varnish you apply to a freshly sanded floor will be a lot more noticeable and last longer than wood that comes pre-finished from a manu...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...oil remediation. We recently built our new Wakefield concept house on expansive clay soil, and by building a raft slab we saved money by not requiring any soil ...