Off-gassing / Guides

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?

Wood ceilings - what's the the skinny? Ahhh, the charm of a wood ceiling, seriously, what's not to like? The intent of this page is less about talking you out of installing gypsum board (drywall), and more about giving you a little encouragement if you are hesitantly considering a wood ceiling. See, unlike my famous...

Cambrian Black Granite

Granite counter tops and surface finishes. It is simply polished, depending on the customer's request. "We sell a semi-processed product, and it is the cabinetmaker that makes the final cut to suit the needs of the buyer." Granite is a low-impact, natural, and extremely durable building material. And if you live within 2400km...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor into your home for years. That alone makes the case for antiquing if you have a fat wallet, or garage sale trolling if you don't. Formaldehyde in furnishings will evaporate over time, so for that reason alone, the older the better. The first few years are the worst for off-gassing. 3. Kitchen and bathroom...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...Off-gassing of foam insulation How to prepare for home renovations: Move furniture: Take as much of your furnishings as possible out of the construction zone, certainly any fabric-covered furniture and carpets. Find alternative living arrangements: This is not always possible, but if you can stay away for at le...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option. occurs in homes after installation. Besides using green ingredients, marmoleum is extremely healthy. It has unique antibacterial properties because the ongoing oxidation of the linseed oil naturally inhibits the growth of harmful micro-organisms, making it the flooring choice of many hospitals and health ...

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

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil that occurs with most other surface finishes as they cure.” Emmanuel goes on to explain how easy it is to work with. "Anyone can apply this themselves. Just sand the surface of the wood well before oiling it to allow the oil to penetrate more deeply. And as with any finishing product, it is better to test...

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

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint into your home after a fresh coat of latex 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 e...

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters than granite. Another difference, granite is porous, quartz is not. Checkout the Cosentino ECO countertop here Acrylic or 'Solid surfaces' $2300-$6000 Think Corian - although like 'Kleenex' this is simply a brand name. These surfaces look beautiful and last quite a while, but they do scratch easil...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems from materials, even simple human habitation , and these are vented to the outside when bringing in fresh air. Second, an HRV exchanges heat from the venting air with incoming air in a heat exchanger. This allows the home to hold onto more heat in the winter, and keep out some of the heat in the summer. W...

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? into the home. The main floor will be polished concrete with healthy, non-toxic concrete sealants The second floor will be Marmoleum, which is made of renewable materials and natural sources and is very durable and healthy. Chosen Eco-Friendly Flooring Brands : Forbo Flooring Systems, Marmoleum ...

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

Choosing safe paints

...Off-gassing: As paint is drying, the odour is noticeable for the first few days. While smell may go away in a short time, the toxins in the paint will continue to be released for years afterwards . According to the environmental standard Green Seal, “Paint emissions can continue for extended periods of time after a...