Paint / Guides

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...paint here Where to buy and choose safe zero VOC paints Choosing zero-formaldehyde and VOC-free new furniture Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - and learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here . Read more about our ...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...paint , Choosing non-toxic floor finishes to protect indoor air quality , and the Difference Between an HRV and an ERV to ensure proper home ventilation, all in the Ecohome Green Building website .

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...paint. Installing horizontal furring to attach siding: If your siding requires horizontal furring (such as board and batten), install a first layer of vertical furring to allow a drainage cavity, then a second layer. Horizontal furring strips can stop air flow and prevent water from draining out. Diagonally installed...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...paint here Where to buy and choose safe zero VOC paints Choosing zero-formaldehyde and VOC-free new furniture Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - and learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here . Ch...

Disposing of household waste properly - recycling, garbage & toxic materials
Kitchens

Waste management: compost and recycling

...paints and other toxic materials: Ever wonder what to do with solvents, pesticides, paint, motor oil and flammable materials, to name a few? This is where you will need to check with your municipality. Some offer collection on certain days at certain times of the year, others provide a depot location where all these ...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...paint Find durable and healthy green kitchen counters Eco-friendly green building products for sustainable home construction As the home owner, the final choice on materials should be yours alone. Builders will have preferred materials, but that may be simply habitual, for familiarity, or also because of "persu...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...paint . That won’t happen here. As a global community, all we can do to protect ourselves from runaway climate change is to weigh all the variables and make the most informed decisions possible while we balance quality of life with reducing our personal carbon footprint. And, short of parking yourself on top of a c...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...paint schemes, and conspicuous consumer upgrades. For a granola type like me, this was extreme. But no one would call me crazy. I’d feel so normal. I could forget that it’s often these carelessly-built tract homes, even if built “to code,” that develop mould within twenty years . When I was 8 years old my friend Chan...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...painting large areas of wall then all that has to dry, and this moisture goes straight into the interior air unless the space is well ventilated. Be sure to choose zero VOC paints , or it's even easy to make VOC free paint, find out how here , and choose nice weather for internal painting so the windows can be flung wi...