PVC / Guides

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...PVC / Vinyl For a full rundown on How to Install windows & doors Correctly in LEED & Passive House, see here from the EcoHome Green Building Guides , north America's favourite sustainable construction tips website Members get great Discounts - sign up today...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...PVC plastic Pros : We are including them because they exist, but we really can't find much positive about it as a product. Cons: PVC is toxic and produces pollutants at many stages in its life cycle. Solid wood Pros: Very durable and it contains no harmful glues. With the most rudimentary of woodworking s...

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

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...PVC became more popular in the 1960s and early 1970s. For those who are uncertain about why vinyl is never a good choice read here , unless of course you've got a turn table. No longer drab in colour, marmoleum is fairly easy to install, requires no toxic adhesives, and comes in rolls, planks, and tiles. Because the ...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...PVC from windows and other products in homes can affect air quality. PVC has specifically been linked to reproductive, brain and immune system disorders. Of all the window frame materials you will find, Vinyl performs the worst in cold climates. Until -10 Celsius they perform fine, but as it gets colder than that, th...

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

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...PVC Coal and UV water filtration Automated moisture control Automated ventilation of hydrogen emissions from PV system batteries Durable: A more sustainable and durable building will last longer, so its embodied energy is stretched over a longer period of time, effectively making it ...

Air-heated radiant concrete floor
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floors

...PVC tubes (which are non-corrosive), so that no dust from the air in the home is introduced into the system. There are no open vents, so there is no access point for rodents and insects. After the concrete is poured, Legalett requires floors to be cured with an open-air construction heater (provided with the system) ...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...PVC, as there is already more than enough vinyl building products in the world. Measure thoroughly before erecting your retaining wall, because you will need to take into account various parameters such as the characteristics of the filling materials, the density and percentage of the voids of the materials, plus the...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...PVC / Vinyl For a full rundown on How to Install windows & doors Correctly in LEED & Passive House, see here from the EcoHome Green Building Guides , north America's favourite sustainable construction tips website Members get great Discounts - sign up today...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

Keep vinyl out of your home (albums excluded of course)

...PVC- polyvinyl chloride) accounts for approximately 40% of the chlorine gas produced in North America. Vinyl is highly polluting in production, and as a building product it is susceptible to UV exposure, causing it to break down and release particles. And in the unfortunate event of it being burned, the chemicals relea...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...PVC) Wood treatments containing Creosote, Arsenic or Pentachlorophenol 12) Embodied carbon footprint: The project must account for the total footprint of embodied carbon (tCO2e) from its construction through a one-time carbon offset tied to the project boundary. 13) Responsible industry: The project must ad...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...PVC siding Vinyl Siding © Céline Lecomte Pros of vinyl siding: Highly resistant to weathering. Very good against pests and mold. Fairly easy to install and easy to maintain. Cons of vinyl siding: Cons: It is derived in part from natural gas, which is not renewable, however the largest co...