Non-toxic / Guides

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Interior design and furnishing

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...non-toxic interior furnishings and choosing non-toxic building materials in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages at North America's green building website, Ecohome.

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...

Which Houseplants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which houseplants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...non-toxic building materials, and low or zero VOC paints and finishes . Avoid chemical cleaning agents; read here about how to clean a home using non-toxic safe cleaners . Avoid adding scents; read here about the impact of fragrances on indoor air quality . Have air-handling units regularly maintained, and keep y...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...non-toxic carpets, and sofas without fire-retardants or chemical stain protection. The unfortunate truth is that these products will be harder to find, and more expensive. What we offer here is a reminder and encouragement, not judgment. So do what you can and good luck! 1. The lifecycle of goods Everything we pu...

4th generation blowing agents for spray foam
Insulation and soundproofing

New HFO blowing agents for spray foam will make it over 1,000 times less harmful to the climate

...non-toxic They do not degrade the ozone layer They are non-flammable They are not considered a volatile organic compound (VOC) by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) There is no arguing that spray foam and rigid foam panels have certain applications where other insulation materials simply won't work. Th...

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

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...Non-toxic - creating a healthy interior living environment, safe from harmful contaminants D - Durable - a home built to last spreads its ecological footprint over a longer period of time U - User friendly - a building must be affordable to own, operate and maintain R - Resilient - designing to withstand the norm...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...non-toxic alternatives. Baking soda is an effective cleanser for sinks and tubs. Vinegar is a recommended cleansing agent for both wood and ceramic tile floors, and in a spray bottle it does an excellent job on glass and mirrors. Dish soap and laundry detergent are easily found in biodegradable, phosphate-free ...

Hemp fibreboard and Hemp insulation - the Green Building choice
Wood and organic materials

Hemp building supplies

...non-toxic and does not contain formaldehyde and toxic resins. Coreboard is also manufactured using a sugar-based binder, therefore hemp building products can help contribute to cleaner interior air quality in homes. To meet industrial safety standards, a salt-based fire-retardant treatment is used to prepare the b...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...non-toxic pest control and regionally appropriate landscaping that reduces the need for irrigation. Water Efficiency (15 points) The goal of this category is to reduce the overall consumption of water inside the home and out. Points are earned for water conscious home design including efficient appliances, fixtures...

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

All about painting brick, is it a good idea and what paint to use?

...non-toxic and do not contain any volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In addition, they are incombustible, and in addition to being healthier, they are safer to work with. They can be applied to any masonry product, including the joints and mortar. Does painting brick increase home value? That depends on the conditio...

PSI

Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...Non-toxic, Durable, User friendly, Resilient and Engaging. This split level home was built on a 6 inch thick concrete slab-on-grade (insulated to R60) and is as durable as it is energy efficient. The floors are polished concrete and red spruce; interior walls comprise brick placed in the path of the sun to act as the...