Paint / Guides

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

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...paint (no doubt containing lead), so it was planed outdoors, and then sanded after installation and sealed with a non-toxic natural floor oil. A down side to using old flooring is that it can be harder to get the boards tight together, and spaces between boards can be a pain for cleaning as they build up dust and deb...

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...paint on soffits and facias. In colder months, attic fans can help you avoid damage caused by ice dams as well. The fans cool the attic, equalizing the temperature between the attic and outside of the home. This prevents snow from melting on your roof and freezing again when it hits the cold gutter causing those stal...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...paint and re-shingle. A fleeting thought just came to mind as I wrote that - how well do shingles hold up when faced with a constant 100 km wind? If I were at highway speeds heading into a strong headwind I'd probably be watching my rear view mirror to see if I was leaving my own asphalt on the asphalt. Rolling down ...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...paint are applied, to both sides, so your job is simply to cut the siding to length, paint the ends, and install it. A reputable company will give your siding a warranty up around 15 years, and potentially up to 30 years if you apply a coat of paint within that first 15 years. If you prefer to paint your wood siding ...

stove hood bathroom fan central vac
Healthy indoor air quality

Removing dust and moisture from homes

...paints . Read more in the Ecohome building guide, North America's trusted resource for green home building . Thanks to our sponsors: Venmar NuTone Broan

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

...paint colour; wood is among the more affordable of frame materials. Cons: It require regular ongoing maintenance and are susceptible to moisture and insect damage; it's more prone to warping and letting gas escape. Aluminum Windows: Pros: Sturdy and durable; recyclable; requires little maintenance. Cons: Me...

What to do with old coffee grounds
Lifestyle and environment

Here is what old coffee grounds are good for - including skin care !

...paint Tru Earth Eco Strip Laundry detergent Growing Food at Home in Small Spaces - 7 Top Tips Why you should never use coffee grounds in your garden! Find more about green living and green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages and find out about the benefits of a free Ecoho...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...paint it with a latex paint only. This technique of rigid and batt insulation may require a few more steps, but it can offer you a greater R value per dollar invested than SPUF and it allows you to do a lot more (or all) of the work yourself. For reasons beyond just performance, we prefer mineral wool or EPS over...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...paint, whereas panels now have coatings that are designed specifically to absorb and retain heat. Even though the modern generation of thermal collectors on the market are very efficient now, their PV ‘competition’ in the solar industry is outpacing thermal solar advances and affecting the return on investment. This ...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...paint, or even low-flow toilets when they all first came out. Natural insulation materials like these can easily cost you double the price of standard insulation products, so don’t get your hopes up too high if you’re building a house on a super tight budget. That said, for some people this can be a necessity, or a...