Recycled content / Guides

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

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...recycled content and is it recyclable at the end of its life: Purchasing products with recycled content saves natural resources. Purchasing products that are re...

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

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

...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 c...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

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

...Recycled Content : 80% to 100% Method and form : Cellulose consists of shredded newsprint and is non-toxic, recycled and generally local. It’s great for a...

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

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...recycled content. That said, steel manufacturing, even with high levels of recycled content, remains one of the most energy intensive industrial sectors. Yes,...

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

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...Recycled concrete for foundations and slab floors : Concrete production is a huge source of greenhouse gas emissions; buying concrete with a percentage of recyc...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...recycled content? It will likely say so if it does. Conversely, the words "new material only" that you will often find on items like bedding, clearly means that...

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...recycled content, contains no VOCs, formaldehyde or ozone depleting agents. The R Value is 1.5, enough to break the thermal bridge at each stud. And when joints...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...recycled gray water good to drink? Uh, nope. No. The recycled water that leaves the Hydraloop system after treatment is clean and meets the highest internatio...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...recycled fiberglass and asphalt shingles, however the content of recycled materials offered from manufacturers is still quite low. Pros: Highly resistant to i...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

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

...content. Cost of composite siding: $6 to $15 per square foot installed. Expected lifespan of composite siding: 25 years and over if maintained to manufactur...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...recycled content. Or go with something completely natural like Hemp Insulation Panels. The interior walls are certainly beautiful, but sequestering thousands ...