Recycled building materials / Guides

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

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...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 building materials: Cost: First of all you need to deter...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...building materials becomes greater all the time. And that is simply considering the direct cost to the consumer; indirectly, the costs are exponentially higher through environmental destruction and the costs that come with it. Depending on the type of product, some used building materials will save you a lot of money...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...buildings are decommissioned there can be a lot of valuable materials that could be used again, but when buyers can’t find sellers, otherwise usable materials are being sent to a land fill. There is a growing amount of used building materials that can be found at online classified websites such as Craigslist and Kijiji...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...materials to suppliers so you receive stock suited to your dimensions and avoid unnecessary waste.Use scraps of batt insulation and high quality tapes to insulate and seal windows rather than spray foam. Using or disposing of old building materials: Re-using or repurposing building materials, where it mak...

building with recycled shipping pallets
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Building with recycled shipping pallets

...Building with shipping pallets © b Sq. Design Studio With interior and exterior climbable walls, plenty of counter space, a 12 foot roof deck and two door openings, this structure is the ultimate play space for children and adults alike. Recycled wood pallets were chosen as the primary material for this fea...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...Recycled glass countertops are resistant, sustainable and non-toxic © Icestone Recycled aluminum kitchen counters This is a great alternative to stainless steel but keeping a modern look. It is comprised of between 88 and 100% recycled content, and often sourced from post-industrial waste. Aluminum is usual...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...Materials Institute to compare the environmental impact of wood, steel and concrete structures. The sample building studied was a typical 2,300 square foot single-family home in North America. Only the supporting structure differed in the study, all other building components of the building envelope were constant, and ...

The Hemloft, Joel Allen's secret treehouse near Whistler, BC
Tiny house

This Cool treehouse near Whistler, BC became a global sensation because it used recycled materials off Craigslist!

...recycled materials. After 2 months of filling his home with thousands of dollars worth of recycled materials donated through Craigslist, Joel Allen finally had all he would need to build the Hemloft, his egg shaped stealth mountain hideaway Tiny House - crazily enough it's even perched in a tree! Originally a softw...

Midori Uchi
Efficient home design

A new contender for the title of Canada's Greenest Home

...recycled building waste Reclaimed lumber and building materials Naikoon Contracting Ltd. is an award winning design-build company specializing in green residential projects. Founded 32 years ago, Naikoon Contracting Ltd. has built a reputation for superior building practices and the highest quality customer servi...

Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop
Kitchens

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

...recycled materials. So check this out for a fun recipe to try in the kitchen - crush and mix together 600 glass bottles, 250 porcelain plates, 150 porcelain cups and 100 handheld mirrors. That's what it takes to make one 14 x 5 foot slab of the Consentino Eco brand surface, which while we think it's great does make it ...

Mineral wool insulation in roof by Rockwool - LEED Platinum V4
Roof assemblies - new construction

Mineral wool insulation in roofs by Rockwool

...Building Video Guides on the EcoHome YouTube Channel here The Ecohome's Edelweiss House LEED Platinum certified V4 roof is a 2/12 pitch insulated to R95 with Rockwool (formerly Roxul) mineral wool batts. R95 far exceeds the most rigorous Canadian building codes, and is a key component to us achieving an extremely ene...