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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...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...safe for use, as food spills can lead to mold and bacteria forming. So, here we want to help you find which pallets are safe to reuse for building so you don’t unknowingly contaminate the air quality in the home . How to finding safe shipping pallets for building The first indication if a pallet is wise to reclaim ...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...building materials Where most building materials have a ‘carbon footprint’, meaning the amount of embodied energy required to extract raw materials and manufacture products , some natural building materials, like the grass insulation from Gramitherm that we just came across, actually have a negative carbon footprint ...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...building, how energy efficient a building is largely depends on the building envelope. It controls heat loss, air leakage and the movement of moisture. What is often omitted from the equation that determines the overall efficiency of a building is the embodied energy of the materials that make up its components. The ...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...building a green sustainable home on a budget successfully... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : How to stay on budget when building a home Finding green building design professionals Top Tips for Building Green Homes on a Budget Maintaining health...

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?
Kitchens

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters

...materials can have a very detrimental effect on indoor air quality because they continue to off-gas chemicals for years after installation, greater demand for healthier building materials is making them far more competitive than even just a year ago when I first posted a piece on building a formaldehyde-free non-toxic ...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...building challenge? The Living Building Challenge is the most rigorous and comprehensive of all building rating systems. Performance requirements include net zero energy, water and waste, measured after a full year of operation only. LBC is broken down into 7 performance areas, which are then subdivided into a total ...

Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks and toys
Healthy indoor air quality

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

Livos is a Quebec manufacturer of natural wood finishing oils, and they are very transparent about the composition of their products which are mainly plants and some other natural materials. There are also no heavy metals used in the colouring pigments, so it is a completely sustainably-made and healthy product. "In...

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

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...materials, 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 wo...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...building materials can lead to unsafe indoor air quality that, according to the EPA, can be 5 times more polluted than outdoor air due to toxic airborne particles that originate in building materials and surface finishes. Especially when you consider the fact that modern high-efficiency and airtight buildings keep all ...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...building materials from demolition projects, then offer them for resale in varying conditions. Shipping pallets: Pallets are pretty easy to come by, in fact many commercial buildings and retailers are happy to get rid of them. They can be used either in their current form or taken apart and reused as small pieces - b...