Natural / Guides

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 naturalswimmingpools.com Swimming in a chlorinated pool is refreshing and enjoyable on a hot day, but pales in comparison to the experience of swimming in a natural body of w...

Natural gas fireplace
Heating with gas and oil

Heating with natural gas

...natural gas quite popular in the last couple of decades. However, popularity put a pretty heavy dent in supply, so much so that alternative sources are being explored to meet demand. There are some potentially very green sources of natural gas, but unfortunately some very destructive ones as well. On the bright side,...

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

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...natural building or a home with natural paints or plasters, you can tell instantly. Natural earth pigment colors and textures bring an unmistakable warmth and coziness to a room – not to mention healthy air quality in your home . Every room in my conventional, drywalled home is painted with a natural clay paint that's ...

net zero energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...Natural Resources Canada website: Overview: The R-2000 Net Zero Energy pilot aims to recognize the builders and homes reaching net zero energy performance in Canada, and to pilot the next generation of NRCan’s R-2000 Standard and EnerGuide Rating System in net zero energy applications. Drawing on NRCan’s national...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...natural insulation batts made from meadow grass fibers, has many of the same properties as our other favorite natural insulation products, which we will discuss below. Gramitherm Natural Grass Insulation Batts and Rigid Boards Carbon capture & storage with building materials Where most building materials have...

Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks and toys
Healthy indoor air quality

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

...natural wood finishing oils, and they are very transparent about the composition of their products which are mainly plants and some other natural materials. There are also no heavy metals used in the colouring pigments, so it is a completely sustainably-made and healthy product. "In our natural wood finishes we use a...

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

...natural carbon-storage building materials that preserve natural resources and contribute to healthier indoor air quality in homes. Learn more about how hemp floor boards are produced in the video below. Now that you know about formaldehyde-free, zero VOC hemp flooring materials, you can learn more about gre...

Non-toxic, naturally-dyed Easter eggs
Lifestyle and environment

DIY non-toxic & all natural Easter egg dye.

...natural egg dye recipes can be found online, and for the second year running I've dyed eggs naturally to beautiful effect - or at least I think so! You'll find notes about both the process and the ingredients I used below and photographs of the resulting coloured eggs. Also included are recipes found online that I ha...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...naturally-occurring physical reality, 'the melting point'. When looking for commercially available phase change drywall and other building materials, we first came across Thermal Core, a drywall product said to contain microscopic acrylic capsules of a substance called Micronal, a high-purity paraffin wax that melts ...

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 quality And to see more guide page in the EcoHome Green Building Guides for Sustainable Buildings

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...natural non-toxic oil to seal it. Colours usually range from a very rich natural wood colour to a deep black. The final appearance is determined by the species of the wood, the extent of the burn and how vigorously it is brushed. The colour can be further manipulated by using stain instead of oil. Benefits: Durab...