Healthy building materials / Guides

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

...building products such as hemp flooring are gaining in popularity for those who want healthy homes with sustainable eco-friendly building materials. Hemp is a very sustainable crop given the quick growing time and the amount of carbon sequestered in hemp building products. A hemp crop goes from seed to ready-to-harvest...

stove hood bathroom fan central vac
Healthy indoor air quality

Removing dust and moisture from homes

...materials , and healthy, eco-friendly countertops , healthy zero-vox paints . Read more in the Ecohome building guide, North America's trusted resource for green home building . Thanks to our sponsors: Venmar NuTone Broan

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...building material. And if you live within 2400km of Saguenay, you can get a black, grey or charcoal counters now and still get that last crucial LEED point. For more on how to build healthy kitchens , Choosing eco-friendly and healthy countops and all about sustainable home construction, check out the Ecohome Green b...

Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

...healthy approach to building that does not sacrifice design. Sited facing the bank of a stream-fed pond, this four-season house is nestled into a natural slope. Extensive 14-ft high glazing offers expansive views of the landscape and access to a full-length deck. Bedrooms are located on opposite ends of the rectangul...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

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

...healthy and durable flooring materials Choosing green kitchen countertops Wood or metal siding for exterior cladding Fiberglass window frames Wooden baby toys and chairs There are a lot of toxic materials in homes and they have a cumulative effect on indoor air quality . We aren't advocating stripping every...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...building materials Where most building materials have a ‘carbon footprint’, meaning the amount of embodied energy required to extract raw materials and manufacture products , some natural building materials, like the grass insulation from Gramitherm that we just came across, actually have a negative carbon footprint ...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...Healthy, durable & eco-friendly flooring materials Back to internal air quality, flooring materials have been chosen for ease of keeping clean and allergen free, while being toxin-free also to avoid off-gassing into the home. The main floor will be polished concrete with healthy, non-toxic concrete sealants The...

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

The rise of urban logging

...Materials were collected and stored in their yard while the wood dried and plans were finalized. All said and done, a good portion of the materials for this project were not only local, they came from within 5 feet of the building site. The whole process of building this backyard studio (which Brian and Colleen have ...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...building, how energy efficient a building is largely depends on the building envelope. It controls heat loss, air leakage and the movement of moisture. What is often omitted from the equation that determines the overall efficiency of a building is the embodied energy of the materials that make up its components. The ...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...healthy' mattress would be 100% natural materials like wool, cotton, hemp or bamboo. Products labeled 'all natural' are not necessarily free of chemical treatments, so ask some questions when shopping. If you want a healthy bed but don't want to give up the softness of a polyurethane pillow top, be prepared to spend ...

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

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

...materials are converted into useable materials it sequesters carbon (acts as carbon storage), having a positive impact on the fight against climate change, of which the building industry is a leading contributor to. Disposing of leftover rice stalks after harvest can be a big environmental problem as fields are often...