Pros and cons / Guides

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

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...and it and for a nice finish that can take a lot of time. This is something you can do yourself. You can rent a sander from most big box supply stores. Pros: You can usually find local and FSC woods; wood floors are natural looking and can be quite durable. Cons: They will get scratched, there is no way around that...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...Pros: Hemp acts as carbon storage, it is renewable and non-toxic. Hemp batts handle moisture quite well, and can safely absorb moisture contained in framing materials making it a durable form of batt insulation. It works to reduce sound transmission and is resistant to insects and pests. Hemp is Hypoallergenic and natu...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...and adhesives will be less toxic, and while silicone has a heavy ecological footprint in production, it's inert and harmless after it dries. Choosing interior doors: Reclaimed doors Pros : Reusing materials diverts waste from landfills and reduces manufacturing, shipping and foresting. Depending on the quality ...

Lasagna Gardening - How to Build an Easy Vegetable Garden
Food production

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

...pros & cons First, the pro's of lasagne gardens: Lasagne gardens save money – much of what they are is recycled stuff Lasagna gardening improves and builds up the soil – adding drainage and tilth to clay soils and sandy soils Lasagna gardens are low maintenance – no-till and easy to do by following the simple...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...and back up when returning home in the evening. This saved energy for one main reason - older houses weren't built anywhere close to the energy-efficiency standards of today, so maintaining a lower constant temperature during the day did in fact save a lot of energy, and for the following reason: The rate of heat los...

DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video
Flooring and stairs

Cork flooring installation - the eco-friendly flooring choice, with "how to" video

...and if you choose the right cork flooring tiles and install it with the right products, it doesn't off-gas toxins into our homes either - contributing to better and healthier interior air quality - making it one of the most sensible, affordable and agreeable Eco-friendly flooring choices available. The Edelweiss Hous...

The Pros & Cons of Lasagna Gardening for Growing Food
Food production

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...and traditional compost and soil material to achieve this, and it has many benefits along the way. The ‘cons’ of lasagna gardening on the other hand can include the time spent building and finishing beds, finding safe compostable products, maintaining oxygen levels in the soil and the size in which it can work successf...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

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

...and drying. Brick and stone exterior finishes for homes Rustic Brick Wall Finish © Marlon Bunday Pros of brick wall finishes: Very low maintenance and its performance is excellent. Brick and stone resist weathering, and are virtually unassailable from pests, insects, mold, and fire. Co...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...and better return on investment since they last so long, and help save costs on heating as well as cooling. Intensive green roof (with garden): Pros: It blocks UV rays and reduces the heat island effect, offers good acoustic and thermal insulation, and the deeper soil allows for food production and good absorption ...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...Cons: Systems are expensive ($7,000 and up) and have a pretty long payback time of 10 to 15 years but should still offers a final net savings. You will still need to have a conventional water heater, and likely another heating system. Cost and lifespan: The $7,000 and up price tag would be for installed panels and ba...

Bathroom with refinished claw foot tub and barn board trim in a home c
Materials and resources

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...constitutes a sustainable product. While there will often be materials that can be singled out as causing more harm than good, many have pros and cons that need to be weighed, and there isn't always one 'right' product than stands above the others. As a wise frog once said, it's not easy being green. New and recycled...