No VOC paint / Guides

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

Choosing safe paints

...not only encourage the drying of paint, but will also speed up the release of VOCs. Depending on these factors, it is estimated that standard latex paint will continue to off-gas for 3 to 5 years after application. Low or Zero VOC paints: You may find paints advertised as ‘low VOC’ and think you are getting a safe ...

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

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...paint (even low or zero VOC products) is applied. The odor is only noticeable for the first few days after the paint dries, but the toxins continue to off-gas for 3-5 years afterwards. According to the environmental standard Green Seal , only 50% of the VOC paint emissions in a new coat of latex paint are emitted in th...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...nough doors for your whole house that match exactly, but you could always just call that 'character'. They may require some minor repairs, sanding or paint removal. Be sure to use a proper mask because older painted doors will almost certainly contain lead paint. You can often find them on used material websites, a...

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

How to find a healthier wood finish

...paints, floor finishes will contain varying levels of 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 paints . While the smell may be gone in days or weeks, the effects won't be. It will take years before VO...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...Paint and finishes for drywall & wood ceilings: You need to prime and paint drywall but you do not need to do anything with wood. Some people choose to stain or seal wood before installing it on a ceiling, but I’m not that guy. That means more materials, more labour and more fumes, and really for no tangible reason. ...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...Painting: Most paints contain VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) which are harmful to breath , so look for those that are 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, and watch for the colourants as well - so...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...VOCs is in regards to paint. There are many safer alternatives on the market now than the toxic paints we used to apply to our walls. For more information see our pages on safer paints , or you could even make your own DIY safe no VOC natural paint with our guide here . Formaldehyde Formaldehyde is one of the more ...

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

...VOC paint; 2x4 stud wall at 24 centres as wiring chase, with mineral wool batts R 14; polyethylene air/vapour barrier; 2x8 stud wall at 24" centres with mineral wool batts R 28; 1"1/4 exterior mineral wool board R5; plywood sheathing; house wrap; strapping; cement board siding. The ceiling is a mix ...

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

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

...non printer to prove it! Non-toxic deck finishing oil © Livos Read more about our top ten tips for a longer lasting deck here , or read all about how to choose non-toxic zero VOC paints , or even how to make DIY non toxic paint here in the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...non-toxic brands, you will likely find it contains VOCs. It doesn't grow in North America; however, being lightweight and a renewable material keeps allows it under the 'umbrella' of what we consider a 'green' building product. Cost: Between $5 and $10 per sq. ft. Linoleum / Marmoleum: Marmoleum flooring by For...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...not to stray too far into fringe products and concepts that may not have been properly tested for longevity. If anyone thinks they know the 'next best thing' in green building materials , please let us know in the comment section below, we'd be happy to have a look! Now that you know more about natural buil...