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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...

DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video
Flooring and stairs

Cork flooring installation - the eco-friendly flooring choice, with "how to" video

...healthy, durable & Beautiful Floors , Marmoleum : A healthy and non-toxic green flooring product , Choosing non-toxic floor finishes to protect indoor air quality all at Ecohome, North America's Green Building Website .

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

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

Remember linoleum? Meet marmoleum! Remember linoleum, that durable but boring material found on most kitchen and bathroom floors of older homes? These days, its called marmoleum and it comes in bright colors and faux finishes. Whatever name you call it, it’s generally considered both the greenest and healthiest floo...

Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

...floors and counters, and untreated silk and hemp fabric was used for the curtains. The client was equally interested in environmentally responsible design. Achieving a healthy house for both client and environment meant extensive research into a wide range of products and locally produced materials suited to the clim...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...floors. Walls and ceilings can equally be heated and cooled, it is just much less common. Studies seem to show that there isn't a lot of energy savings reported in homes with heated floors, despite the fact that, in theory, there should be. Radiant floor heat temperatures © Uponor With heated floors, the air te...

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

...healthy, durable floors See this 90 year old reclaimed red pine floor refinished with zero VOC floor oil Rice based formaldehyde free MDF alternatives Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membe...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...floors, and in a spray bottle it does an excellent job on glass and mirrors. Dish soap and laundry detergent are easily found in biodegradable, phosphate-free and unscented varieties. 2.) Dispose of leftover paint. It can be hard to let go of leftover matching colours, but if you have a bunch of cans you are pret...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...healthy, sustainable, formaldehyde-free and zero VOC . Find more interior finishing options that safeguard interior air quality in the pages below and in our Green Building Guide pages . Rice based formaldehyde free MDF alternatives How to choose eco-friendly, healthy, durable floors Find healthy and ...

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

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...healthy interior living environment, safe from harmful contaminants D - Durable - a home built to last spreads its ecological footprint over a longer period of time U - User friendly - a building must be affordable to own, operate and maintain R - Resilient - designing to withstand the normal and extreme stresses...

The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes
HRV and ERV

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

...floors and much less the unfinished basement that we rarely use. By no means is this an ideal set up, but it was done before radon gas showed up on my radar. I recently had my air tested and discovered that the radon levels in the basement were significantly higher than Health Canada’s recommended safe levels. Despite ...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...floors is essential Many building codes have only recently insisted on the inclusion of insulation below concrete basement floors , and as always, it is important to realize that the requirements of building codes are the bare minimum only. Increasing sub-slab insulation to R15 or R20 (or more) will make floors much ...