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FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...flooring , pay attention and look for the FSC certification. Wood with a FSC logo ensures it should come from sustainably managed forests Wood and paper producers are subject to mandatory verification and must continually seek recertification from the FSC to maintain their status. All FSC Certified wood produ...

Air-heated radiant concrete floor
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floors

...flooring systems, but they often failed miserably. The most problematic of those were attempts to heat concrete floors with standard metal ducts from forced-air furnaces. Collapsed duct © Inspectapedia Embedding ducts in concrete that were not intended to bear weight frequently caused them to ...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...flooring Sandblasted antique interior doors Locally-sourced slate for bathroom floors and shower walls Lightweight synthetic gypsum drywall with high recycled content Mineral-wool insulation , including the insulation used under the slab LED lighting fixtures and bulbs Interior paints and floor adhesives wi...

Choosing between OSB or Plywood for house sheathing for Roofs, Walls & Floors.
Wood and organic materials

Which is better, OSB or Plywood for Roofs, Walls & Floors?

...flooring. Some developers have had problems with that when delivering homes to the owners, and had to pull up and replace newly installed hardwood floors. The ability of plywood to return to shape after wetting makes it a lot less risky in this application, and while a little more expensive, that's still cheaper than...

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

...flooring substrate, exterior wall and roof sheathing, as well as certain interior finishing applications and furniture. One thing to bear in mind with all engineered wood products in homes is that it's at greater risk of moisture damage than solid timber used for framing and structural elements, for example Polyethyl...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...Flooring in 2015-6. Check out your local materials retailer for their hazardous chemicals policy here Another example we heard of but are still trying to confirm, is that Ikea may actually be offering healthier cabinetry materials than we think, that are formaldehyde-free. If it turns out to be true (as it is in Euro...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...flooring options Choosing safe paint Find durable and healthy green kitchen counters Eco-friendly green building products for sustainable home construction As the home owner, the final choice on materials should be yours alone. Builders will have preferred materials, but that may be simply habitual, for famil...

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

Sanding your own wood floors

Sanding wood floors & refinishing yourself will definitely save money , and even an inexperienced homeowner can likely do a better job than the lowest bidding handyperson who quotes on it. Once you understand the basics, a quality final result on your wood floor is more about patience than anything else. Ultimately ...

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

Livos is a Quebec manufacturer of natural wood finishing oils, and they are very transparent about the composition of their products which are mainly plants and some other natural materials. There are also no heavy metals used in the colouring pigments, so it is a completely sustainably-made and healthy product. "In...

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

How to find a healthier wood finish

Is Polyurethane floor seal non-toxic? In North America, polyurethane varnish is used almost exclusively as a wood floor finish , but the majority of them are high in VOC's which are detrimental to interior air quality and health. For this reason non-toxic wood floor finishing oils are gaining in popularity. There ar...