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Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

Water and moisture wreak havoc on homes, affecting function, durability and our health. Given that kitchens and bathrooms are the main source of humidity, we need to put extra thought into designing these rooms so they consume less, last longer, and help us maintain healthier homes. Durable water resistant surfaces wi...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...kitchens , Choosing eco-friendly and healthy countops and all about sustainable home construction, check out the Ecohome Green building guide, North America's trusted resource on green home building

Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop
Kitchens

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

...kitchens & bathrooms merits a second look when building or renovating sustainably for a greener home, see here for details . Now you've learned about the sustainable ECO countertop from Cosentino, for more help in choosing other types of sustainable & green countertops for kitchens & bathrooms , carrying out sust...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

The most common kitchen counters you will find in homes are traditional laminate countertops. And they certainly live up to the adage ‘you get what you pay for’, as most of them still contain a lot of formaldehyde and they aren’t very durable. Maybe the latest generation of laminate countertops for kitchens & bathroom...

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

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...kitchens and bathrooms, because it is water-resistant and easy to clean. It’s even used on kitchen countertops. But linoleum manufacturers didn’t update their designs for changing tastes, and vinyl flooring made from PVC became more popular in the 1960s and early 1970s. For those who are uncertain about why vinyl is ne...

Under bed storage
Interior design and furnishing

Storage ideas for small spaces

...Kitchens Taking advantage of otherwise unused space helps reduce clutter, but more importantly it makes living in small spaces les of a sacrifice, and more of an enjoyable life choice instead. Finding the balance between having sufficient personal items but not living in constant clutter is the key to living happil...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

Mold in homes is a bad sign so how to get rid of it or prevent mold in drywall? Mold and mildew in homes develops in conditions of high humidity , most often in bathrooms, kitchens and basements, unless caused by roof leaks and other building envelope failures. Along with affecting the durability of your home, mold ...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...kitchens or bathrooms are not eligible. When is it to late to register for LEED? Ideally registration begins before construction and even design , but it may not be too late. A project that is late to register will not be eligible for certain points, so it can make certification a bit more difficult. As long as the...

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

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...kitchens & bathrooms merits a second look when building or renovating sustainably for a greener home. Having looked through the options, we realized that laminate counters have made a pretty strong recovery of late, certain manufacturers having paid lot's of attention to the sustainability and toxicity of the materia...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...kitchens is often more humid and cupboards are closed with little air movement, condensation can form on the walls in the back of cupboards. Whether or not you have indentified an ice damming problem, this is an indication that you have a thermal bridging problem. What causes ice dams? Thermal bridging through wa...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...kitchens and bathrooms. If you already have one installed and it appears to be 'leaking', before you hire someone to jump on the roof and start solving problems that may not exist, put on your lab coat and try some interior forensics first. Is there a lot of condensation on it? Does it only seem to 'leak' in cold mon...