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Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets? ? In conclusion - do we feel that reusing pallets for furniture or building with is a good idea? Honestly, we're divided on this one. Some feel that the potential negatives outweigh the positives for reusing pallets - especially for beds and furniture - but also in gardens if in contact with plants and vege...

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 Another alternative for natural wood finishing oils are by Prato Verde and can be found here in the Ecohome sustainable product directory . Or I've even family who swear by buffing wood vigorously with MCT oil and they printed off some lovely photos on their new canon printer to prove it! Non-toxic d...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

Keep vinyl out of your home (albums excluded of course), 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 materials C...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality, drywall, and electronic equipment. Formaldehyde and adhesives in cabinetry materials are a source of pollutants in homes. Image via Wikimedia When new materials are introduced into a home, the odours that accompany them are quite noticeable at first. This can be anything from furniture, mattresses, c...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood . Used material websites: More builders all the time are taking advantage of the web to unload materials, often for free, if for no reason other than saving themselves a dumping fee. The Hemloft pictured here received international notoriety, and was made entirely with materials found for free on Kijiji. ...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor Does it contain recycled content? It will likely say so if it does. Conversely, the words "new material only" that you will often find on items like bedding, clearly means that it contains no recycled content. Is it recyclable at end of life? Natural fibres like cotton are recyclable, as are metal and so...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations Take as much of your furnishings as possible out of the construction zone, certainly any fabric-covered furniture and carpets. Find alternative living arrangements: This is not always possible, but if you can stay away for at least the worst parts of the job, that can help. Seal off work areas: Use plast...

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

...Furniture Regardless of the type of wood that is used, furniture for use inside the home should ideally be free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) , including formaldehyde, to protect your indoor air quality. For finishings and maintenance - again to protect your air quality - look for zero VOC paints and finishes ...

Hemp fibreboard and Hemp insulation - the Green Building choice
Wood and organic materials

Hemp building supplies, and when properly sealed can be used as tables and counter tops. Coreboard is manufactured in the Unites States and Canada. Read more about Hemp Insulation products here in the EcoHome Green Building Guides

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation to keep working, or cook and eat surrounded by sawdust and tools. Final thoughts from Emmanuel Cosgrove: “It's a safe bet that if you move in before completion you will never finish the interior; often for lack of time or funds, or simply because what is left undone is hidden behind furniture and forgotten ...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray is brought back in”. Aerobarrier works with any type of wall assembly, and with new homes it can be done at any stage once the envelope has been closed in and is ready to be pressurized. That can be before batts are installed if you are doing an exterior air barrier, or you can wait until the drywall is com...