Non-toxic flooring materials / Guides

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

...materials on the market and why they are sustainable. Hardwood flooring companies will on occasion use wood reclaimed from river beds , recycled barn boards, or renewable building materials such as bamboo, but this hemp flooring from a Tennessee manufacturer - Tennessee Wood Flooring is the first we have come a...

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

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...flooring choice. Linoleums can be made from renewable materials including solidified linseed oil, calcium carbonate, cork dust, wood chips and burlap to name but a few. More on Marmoleum flooring as an Eco-Friendly Green Flooring alternative Pros: Very durable; good ones can be natural, anti-allergenic and anti...

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?

...flooring materials Back to internal air quality, flooring materials have been chosen for ease of keeping clean and allergen free, while being toxin-free also to avoid off-gassing into the home. The main floor will be polished concrete with healthy, non-toxic concrete sealants The second floor will be Marmoleum,...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...flooring materials Back to internal air quality, flooring materials have been chosen for ease of keeping clean and allergen free, while being toxin-free also to avoid off-gassing into the home. The main floor will be polished concrete with healthy, non-toxic concrete sealants The second floor will be Marmoleum,...

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

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

...flooring products and paper-faced drywall are a few examples of materials we put in our homes that can are more susceptible to moisture damage that solid wood, so take care that any wood or other organic building materials are protected from high humidity or regular exposure to water. Rice Stalk MDF alternative in Ca...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...non-toxic finish is the most durable and healthy flooring material you can choose for a slab on grade foundation. The only downside is that it can be a bit tough on the knees for some people, myself included, so I would add a thin wood finish to it. Most engineered hardwood products can be added to a slab on grade wi...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...non-toxic finish is the most durable and healthy flooring material you can choose for a slab on grade foundation. The only downside, is that it can be a bit tough on the knees for some people, myself included, (note to self - walk don't crawl). I’m not a huge fan of hard concrete floors, so if it were me I would choose...

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

...materials, one of the most ecologically disastrous materials in the building materials market is also one of the most common - asphalt shingles. They have a horrible track record in all senses – the raw materials are mostly petroleum, they have a short life span and an extremely low rate of recycling or repurposing, wh...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...non-toxic ; silicate-based densifiers keep them that way and make it a great start to safe indoor-air quality in a home. This is an excellent flooring option for anyone with chemical sensitivities who wants a beautiful and durable eco-friendly floor in their passive solar home - especially as built correctly with suffi...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...materials will off-gas for many years after construction has been completed. Using solid wood materials rather than composites like MDF (medium density fibreboard) for finishing trim will mean less dust during construction and it will eliminate future off-gassing. Read more here about choosing non-toxic building mate...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...materials in the first place. The EC3 tool from Skanska is a free-to-use tool that has a data base of materials that allows architects and designers to calculate the embedded energy of a building design, which means materials can be swapped in the design phase to keep the footprint as low as possible. Until now this ...