Healthy interior finishing / Guides

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...finishing walls that are 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 floor...

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

...finishing oil © Livos Livos has an extensive product catalogue; the following is a short list of some that interested us for interior wood finishing. Kunos 240 - Universal colourless oil Kunos 242 - Colourless floor finish Kunos 243 - Superior protection for countertops and any wood in wet areas Kunos 244...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...healthy Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for the short and long-term health of homeowners and their families. Beyond carefully selecting the materials in a kit home for a healthy interior air quality, we also need to maintain that quality by bringing in and conditioning the interior air in homes in an energy efficient way. Thi...

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 Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for the short and long-term health of homeowners and their families. Beyond carefully selecting the materials in a kit home for a healthy interior air quality, we also need to maintain that quality by bringing in and conditioning the interior air in homes in an energy efficient way. Thi...

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

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

...healthy alternative to MDF boards Fun fact about rice - and the reason why rice MDF is a healthier alternative - because the internal and natural mold resistance of rice fibers is very high, there is no need to use formaldehyde-based adhesives as a preservative, which is a toxic and carcinogenic volatile organic comp...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...finishing the inside basement walls, or building a floor on top of it. And if you remember the 'One-Tonne Challenge ' that asked Canadians to reduce thier carbon emissions by one tonne in a year, well this one move could offer you a century of success in that. It can also be much cheaper, more ecologically sensible, ...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...interior finishing materials , our greatest concern in a modern airtight building envelope would be in regards to the human health impacts of poor air quality due to the building materials we select and the rate they off-gas toxic chemicals into the air we breath. It's an unfortunate and unacceptable fact that many m...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...interior finishing started and they included all the necessary waterproof membranes on the exterior, interior insulation means the temperature of the concrete will be determined by the temperature of the ground or air outside. With some types of insulation this can allow warm, moist air to condense on the cold concre...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...healthy indoor environment filled with non-toxic, sustainable and natural building materials. The wall structure is composed of FSC certified lumber and an exterior wood fiber insulation panel, and the interior of the walls contains dense-packed cellulose insulation finished in the model house with a beautiful VOC & Fo...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...interior in the colder months, instead the sun’s heat is being used up to evaporate the window condensation while also putting all that moisture back into the home interior and ultimately raising the humidity level. (Most folks don’t realize that evaporation is the biggest cause of heat loss in a swimming pool also). ...

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

...interior surfaces. It will also affect how much home maintenance you may be required to do in the future. The Ecohome green building-guide pages offer many resources for finding durable, healthy and eco-friendly building supplies while keeping to a budget; here are a few examples that will help you choose: Which in...