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 Pa...

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 , and learn about other health issues such as Microplastics in drinking water , in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...safe, mineral oil wood finish on shelves of big box stores How to make DIY non toxic paint here Where to buy and choose safe zero VOC paints Choosing zero-formaldehyde and VOC-free new furniture Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - and learn more ab...

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...

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...

Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
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...

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...

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...

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...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...safe, mineral oil wood finish on shelves of big box stores How to make DIY non toxic paint here Where to buy and choose safe zero VOC paints Choosing zero-formaldehyde and VOC-free new furniture Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - and learn more ab...