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DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video
Flooring and stairs

Cork flooring installation - the eco-friendly flooring choice, with "how to" video

...flooring installation guide: Now that you know all about Cork Flooring Installation, check the Ecohome Green Building Guide Pages for other options such as How to Choose Eco-Friendly healthy, durable & Beautiful Floors , Marmoleum : A healthy and non-toxic green flooring product , Choosing non-toxic floor finishes ...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...flooring is $9.99 per square foot, and $10.99 with the UV cured top coat. Sign up for a free Ecohome membership here if you didn't already and we will be letting everyone in our newsletter know when this hemp flooring goes on retail sale. How to install hemp flooring Hemp flooring cannot be used as a ‘floating floo...

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

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...flooring. Many natural flooring stores carry marmoleum because it truly is the “natural” choice.

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

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...flooring © Lusimat Cork is another durable and renewable flooring material. Cork is harvested from the bark of a specific oak tree, so the tree itself is left alive. Cork flooring products will often contain recycled content from exactly where you would guess — wine bottle corks. Finish it the way you would a wood ...

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

The rise of urban logging

...flooring and trim. After being left to air dry for two years, much of the lumber was taken to a local mill to be turned into tongue and groove flooring. The rest was milled and finished by the owners (in their new workshop) as the materials for baseboards and trims. Urban logging © Brian Blak Some of the wood w...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

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

...Flooring, furniture, baby chairs, toys, counter tops, shower curtains, exterior siding, windows, the list goes on. We have surrounded ourselves with the stuff. So what can we do? Slowly but surely, remove it from your life. Here are some alternatives: Glass shower doors Choosing healthy and durable flooring mat...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

...flooring, you’ll be lucky to stay under $40,000. Building basements ‘just because’ invites unnecessary costs, potential humidity problems, and greater environmental consequences. The production of one ton of Portland cement releases one ton of greenhouse gases, and the average home foundation wall uses between 75 and...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

...flooring, or if you have to jackhammer out a section of your concrete slab. With easy access (like in a crawlspace) it can be pretty affordable, or might go as high as $2,000 if it includes replacing finished flooring. However, that still leaves you needing to clean the valve fairly regularly either by yourself or at a...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...flooring alterations. The floor plan was designed and the house positioned on the lot to allow for a suitable location for an addition if desired, off the west living room wall. Storage was designed into the home, but the building was located on the lot to allow for a secondary building such as a workshop or storag...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

Polished concrete floors are extremely durable and non-toxic ; silicate-based densifiers keep them that way and make it a great start to safe indoor-air quality in a home. This is an excellent flooring option for anyone with chemical sensitivities who wants a beautiful and durable eco-friendly floor in their passive s...

Diving to retrieve sunken timber from the log drive
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Reclaiming sunken timber from the log drive

...flooring, without the risk of cupping." So as far as 'eco' building materials go, it doesn't get much better than this. The end product is of superior quality, and you are essentially cleaning up rivers and saving forests at the same time. And from an historical point of view, there is a Canadian heritage that is b...