Safe paint / Guides

Painting with zero VOC paint from Benjamin Moore
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Choosing safe paints

...paints, replacing them with solvent-free or water-based paints. The move towards safe paint has led to a noticeable improvement in indoor air quality since the mid-seventies, and better even in the last decade. But paints based on petrochemical solvents still represent over half the paints on the market. Using natura...

DIY Natural Earth Pigment Paint, Making it at Home is Easy
Healthy indoor air quality

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...paints. Supplies Needed: Drill with paint mixer attachment Mixing bucket Flour Borax Fine sand (optional – gives a more adobe/natural look) Natural Earth Pigments Natural paint pigments can come from different earths, plants and inert safe mineral compounds © Natural Earth Pain...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...safe indoor air quality such as choosing safe paints , how to make your own natural paint , non-toxic and natural wood finishing oil , living green walls in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages

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

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

...paints , or even how to make DIY non toxic paint here in the EcoHome Green Building Guides

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

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...safe removal of old paint, as it will most likely contain lead. If picking it up from a salvage yard its worth asking if they offer a sandblasting or paint stripping service. It's much easier if you purchase any reclaimed doors before you design and construct rough openings, olders doors tend to be of widly varying s...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...Painting: Most paints contain VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) which are harmful to breath , so look for those that are VOC free. Buying 'low VOC' paint is a bit like buying 'light' cigarettes, whereas zero VOC is more like quitting. It's not that much more money for zero VOC, and watch for the colourants as well - so...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...paint. There are many safer alternatives on the market now than the toxic paints we used to apply to our walls. For more information see our pages on safer paints , or you could even make your own DIY safe no VOC natural paint with our guide here . Formaldehyde Formaldehyde is one of the more commonly found contami...

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

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...painting – sure, we can all use a paint roller, but can you do it as well or as quickly as a professional? Now apply that thought to something you plan to learn along the way, be it plumbing, drywalling or installing kitchen cabinets. Unless you plan to make a career of it afterwards, there are learning curves that wil...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...paint it with a latex paint only. This technique of rigid and batt insulation may require a few more steps, but it can offer you a greater R value per dollar invested than SPUF and it allows you to do a lot more (or all) of the work yourself. For reasons beyond just performance, we prefer mineral wool or EPS over...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...paint it with a latex paint only. This technique of rigid and batt insulation may require a few more steps, but it can offer you a greater R value per dollar invested than SPUF and it allows you to do a lot more (or all) of the work yourself. For reasons beyond just performance, we prefer mineral wool or EPS over...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...safely store higher levels of moisture than most materials . This can be a hard concept to grasp at first, so think of it the same way thermal mass absorbs and releases heat (meaning - the way stone, concrete, wood, water, substances with a lot of mass absorbs and holds heat). When relative humidity levels inside your ...