Natural building materials / Guides

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...building materials (PCMs) and how they can be incorporated into buildings to improve energy-efficiency by harnessing a naturally-occurring physical reality, 'th...

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

...building industry and the shift towards sustainable, natural carbon-storage building materials that preserve natural resources and contribute to healthier indoo...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...Natural building insulation materials In order to combat the climate change impact of the built environment, natural insulation materials such as hemp insulat...

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

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

...natural building products such as : Hemp insulation Natural Earth Paints Non-toxic natural finishing oil for wood that protect indoor air qual...

Cambrian Black Granite
Kitchens

Granite counter tops

...building materials around the globe, particularly something as weighty as granite. It is for this reason that the credit MR5 in the Materials and Resources cate...

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

...natural building materials The basis of a low-carbon home design strategy involves sourcing natural building materials that are as locally-produced as possibl...

Natural backyard swimming pool design (NSP)
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...natural pools are becoming more common here as well. Why choose a natural swimming pool over a chlorinated pool? Natural pool image via naturalswimmingpoo...

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

UBC Lab Exceeds LEED Platinum becoming one of North America's greenest buildings

...materials in the building such as cement, steel and aluminum. CIRS interior © Don Erhardt Quick facts about CIRS: Natural lighting: CIRS’ U-shape design maximiz...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...Materials Institute (ASMI) of the materials only, and does not include any considerations of how they each affect thermal performance, vapour or air movement th...

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

The rise of urban logging

...materials for this project were not only local, they came from within 5 feet of the building site. The whole process of building this backyard studio (which B...

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

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...building, how energy efficient a building is largely depends on the building envelope. It controls heat loss, air leakage and the movement of moisture. What i...