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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...

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

Sanding your own wood floors

...floors. If you've used one in any other application you could give it a try, but sanding floors might not be the best place to learn. They have a very sensitive balance and will take off across the floor spinning wildly and wrapping the cable around your legs as they go if you don't yet have the magic touch. And if you...

Insulating a Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home with Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...floors, making that about the weakest point in a building envelope, as walls are generally at least R20 and ceilings R40. There is a misconception that heat rises (hot air rises, but heat travels evenly in all directions) so a lot more heat is lost to the ground than most people would think. See why where room and slop...

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?

...floors, roofs and wall sheathing, OSB claims about 70% of the wood sheathing market in North America over plywood. Both products have benefits and drawbacks; we will go over those, starting with their composition, and explore "which is better?" Especially in relation to OSB or Plywood use for Roofs, Walls & Floors. O...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...floors you can see that much more heat is contained by the insulation. Also worth noting is the light red colour of the uninsulated floor indicates a cooler temperature that the white-coloured insulated floors, which is less comfortable for occupants. Despite the constant temperature of the earth just below frost dep...

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...

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

How to Install a Radon Barrier - Slab Floors If in the kind of area where it's a good idea to install a vapor barrier against radon ingress, (check out the Radon maps by state and province page to find out here) we can't stress enough how important it is to test for radon, or better still to continually monitor for ...

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

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...floors Slate floors and counters: Slate bathroom counter and flooring © Ecohome Slate is a natural stone, extracted from what was the bottom of ancient oceans, and can commonly be found from Quebec to Newfoundland. Finished floors generally have widely varying colours and texture. See our Natural Slate tile...

Radiant floor tube installation
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor tubing installation video

...floors , slab on grade construction step by step , Raft slabs for building on soft soils , and anything else about sustainable green home construction in Ecohome's green building guide pages.

Slate tile installation in bathrooom
Flooring and stairs

Slate Tile installation - video

...floors and shower stalls with a dark slate tile from Glendyne. Slate is a natural stone, so its surfaces have more character and inconsistencies in texture - and at times in thickness - than manufactured tiles. This can mean a bit more effort on the part of installers, but a more natural look with the finished product....

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...floors and designing for thermal comfort. Life is short they say, unless of course your feet are cold, then it will seem much longer. The floor of the LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House is insulated to R32, more than 3 times what is normally used in new builds. This seems extreme to some, but that is simply because flo...