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Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...material, colors remain bright and don’t fade. Marmoleum is the flooring of choice for many green consumers because it’s made from materials that are natural and renewable. The main ingredient is linseed oil, which gives linoleum its name. Linseed oil comes from flax seeds, an easily cultivated plant also used to m...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

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

...Flooring, furniture, 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 mat...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...material processing. Green flooring materials: the second floor of the house is covered with Marmoleum which is made of linen, a renewable and natural material that is very durable and does not contaminate indoor air quality. FSC Wood and cellulose insulation : the walls and roof of the house are framed with FSC ce...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...flooring material on top of a slab, but simple finishes include acid staining, adding colour, cutting tile patterns, or the simplest and cheapest is just polish it and call it done. All the electrical, plumbing and other mechanical infrastructure you will have to do anyway throughout your house, so don’t think of it ...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...materials, with applications for insulating, soundproofing and finishing . Hemp boards are not structural but they are a solid wall covering. Hemp is a one of the most sustainable alternatives to wood fiber for building materials as well as being non-toxic, so it is great for maintaining healthy indoor air quality. ...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...materials. For our building envelope we will use Roxul mineral wool insulation, which has a high embodied energy but superior durability compared to many other insulation materials. It can also be easily disassembled and entirely reusable at the end of the operational life of this home, whenever or if that may come. ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...healthy flooring material you can choose for a slab on grade foundation. The only downside, is that it can be a bit tough on the knees for some people, myself included, (note to self - walk don't crawl). I’m not a huge fan of hard concrete floors, so if it were me I would choose a radiant floor, but add a thin wood fin...

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

...materials. Choosing the right environmentally-friendly and high-performance building materials is critical for building a green home. By the time you get to the point of making material selections, you should have a building team in place, as they themselves will likely have preferred building materials and you need ...

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

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

...materials , specifically chosen to ensure a healthy internal air quality for the home , and includes mechanical systems with not one but three interwoven and efficient options for heating . Some of the Eco-friendly features in the Edelweiss LEED V4 Platinum home (included in the build cost) : Low-flow plumbing fi...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

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

...materials and healthy homes. Building healthy homes with safer indoor air quality is a trend that increases in popularity every year , and we think 2020 will offer significant growth. New non-toxic building products hit market regularly, but what is important is when box stores opt for more eco-friendly material opti...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...healthy flooring material you can choose for a slab on grade foundation. The only downside is that it can be a bit tough on the knees for some people, myself included, so I would add a thin wood finish to it. Most engineered hardwood products can be added to a slab on grade without risk of cupping and cracking. Such ...