Low VOC / Guides

DIY Natural Earth Pigment Paint, Making it at Home is Easy
Healthy indoor air quality

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...VOCs. Low VOC paints may have reduced amounts of volatile organic compounds, meaning they don't off-gas as much as traditional paints, but it's important to rem...

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...Low or Zero VOC paints: You may find paints advertised as ‘low VOC’ and think you are getting a safe alternative, which isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, i...

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

How to find a healthier wood finish

...VOCs (volatile organic compounds), or if you're a really shrewd shopper, none at all - see here for an article on zero VOC paint and the difference to low VOC p...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...VOC free. Buying 'low VOC' paint is a bit like buying 'light' cigarettes, whereas zero VOC is more like quitting. It's not that much more money for zero VOC, an...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...low-flow faucets reduce hot water requirements and LED bulbs and design for natural lighting keep the house bright with very little energy use. ...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...Low VOC paints and finishes are used throughout the cabins. Water efficiency: Water efficient plumbing fixtures Optional cisterns can catch and store rainwa...

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

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

...VOC) found in most wood products . This low-emission greenhouse gas (GHG) product will also comply with the new U.S. federal TSCA Title VI standard on formald...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...Low VOC brands of caulking are available. Kitchen Counter Options for Sustainable Green Homes would be those that are resistant to heat, moisture and cuts fro...

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

...low) and a mini-split heat pump for heating and cooling . All appliances are ENERGY STAR certified ; all faucets and showerheads and toilet are low-flow to redu...

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?

...low environmental footprint, along with a comfortable and healthy non-toxic indoor air quality & environment for the home-owners and their families. Below is ...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...VOC paints and finishes. Some other features that this home includes are: HEPA filtered air exchanger Low-E fiberglass framed windows In-floor radiant...