Safe building materials / Guides

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

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...building materials Doors: Exterior doors from the past might be best left alone, since they are part of your building envelope and should be well-insulated an...

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 manufa...

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 i...

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?
Kitchens

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

...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 green kit...

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

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...materials, recycled materials, food-safe surfaces , formaldehyde-free and low VOCs materials or that it is durable and long lasting (pushing back the replacemen...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...Building materials, finishes, carpets, furniture and computers can all off-gas in our homes for years . Let fresh air circulate through your home as often as po...

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

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

...materials. There are also no heavy metals used in the colouring pigments, so it is a completely sustainably-made and healthy product. "In our natural wood fin...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...materials that have less or even no VOCs and formaldehyde. Some building materials will off-gas for many years after construction has been completed. Using so...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

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

...building material. As it is a newly emerging raw building material, no market for recycled materials has formed, but the materials are recycleable and reusable....

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...building for more than 35 years, there were countless ideas, materials, and innovative products I wanted to try out. This would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportun...

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

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...building techniques here : How to stay on budget when building a home Finding green building design professionals Top Tips for Building Green ...