Repurposed building materials / Guides

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...building materials: Re-using or repurposing building materials, where it makes sense. Use old boards as strapping as long as there are enough, that they are of good quality, and they are consistent and of a suitable dimension. Clean framing lumber in good condition can be repurposed. Post notices of excess ma...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...building materials , though Pierre expects that total to go up with the additions he has planned for the future. Level of satisfaction: Very satisfied. "There will always be surprises and shortcomings in a crazy project like this," he says with a laugh, "but we're taking care of them one problem at a time."...

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...

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

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...Repurposed red pine floor © Ecohome If you pull flooring up carefully by prying pieces up where they are nailed and take care not to break the tongues and grooves, it often goes very smoothly. They will need to be cleaned, and probably planed or at least sanded depending on what coatings they had on them. This fl...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...building materials standpoint, materials should be used in their most sensible manner, meaning it would be better if metal were kept in circulation and applied to a use that only metal can fill. 3. Strength: A metal container house is strong, but so is a solid wood-framed house . There is a common association betwe...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...materials is the holy grail of green building, so go for it whenever you can, especially in finishing where there is no structural integrity or insulation performance to consider. Reusing materials diverts waste, saves forests, and adds character and class to your home. A particularly nice look can be used barn board...