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MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...free MDF made from rice - available at distributors in USA & Canada There is a natural and Formaldehyde-Free alternative to MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) made of rice straw hitting the green building market soon! That’s a reason to breath a sigh of relief (literally and figuratively) since a lot of people would nee...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...free for Canadians? Energy audits for government green home renovation programs are in some cases free , (free, as in paid for with your tax dollars). Sometimes an energy audit will be subsidized to a certain percentage, it will depend entirely on the program you are trying to participate in. How much does it cost ...

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...free loans of up to $40,000 to make poorly-built homes significantly more energy efficient. $40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos in Canada, Eligibility and How to Apply Details will soon be available on the $40,000 Greener Homes interest-free loan for 2021 that incorporates and builds on the energy audits ...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...free) product runs about $54. We used around 30 sheets of melamine for this job, so that the increase in the cost of the melamine was $504. One alternative to be considered is also formaldehyde-free plywood - which can be supplied as pre-finished formaldehyde-free plywood with UV cured VOC free laquer . Wood Door...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...free heat, and if you plan your shading properly with overhangs and window layout, you can help keep it naturally cool in the summer. If you then add high performance triple glazed Passive House certified windows , then they will be optimized to gain and retain the sun's heat. In Optimized Passive Solar House Desig...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...free home renovation loan scheme in Canada Whatever the politics, we are thrilled to see the Net Zero Home Grants and energy-efficient home upgrade interest-free loan program announcement by Canada’s newly-elected (2019) Liberal Government. According to the Liberal Party website that outlines their new platform, this...

MIBOP energy modeling software from Mindscape Innovations
Concept and design

Free online energy modeling from Mindscape Innovations for home optimization

...free and refreshingly easy to use. What we would like our readers to realize all the same is that optimization of homes and how a homeowners habits can impact on the overall sustainability of their lifestyle should also be given full consideration. For example, fridge use optimization is an essential part of reducing...

Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop
Kitchens

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

...free plywood boxes, and that's even before choosing Sustainable kitchen countertops , starting first of all with finding something you like to look at and to work on. But in order to like something, it will have to last. If it ends up with burn marks, cuts and stains, it will quickly lose its appeal and could lead to y...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...free cabinets, non-toxic carpets, and sofas without fire-retardants or chemical stain protection. The unfortunate truth is that these products will be harder to find, and more expensive. What we offer here is a reminder and encouragement, not judgment. So do what you can and good luck! 1. The lifecycle of goods E...

Habitat workers raise a wall at the the Red River Ex June 2011
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council announces affordable green housing program

Working with charitable housing groups like Habitat for Humanity, the CaGBC will administer free registrations and certifications under the internationally-recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program, which addresses homes as well as a broad range of other build...

Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...free & comfortable basement: Test for Radon & install Mitigation if called for - because it's better to be safe than sorry Renovate using the best practices for mold free basements as oulined above Ventilate using a HRV or ERV, because let's face it - fresh air improves any Man Cave! Further reading for bas...