Sustainable wood / Guides

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...Wood or Composite: Cedar deck and stairs under construction makes a beautiful finish Pressure treated wood is far less toxic than it was in years past, but it's still not as benign as natural wood. It could in theory last longer, along with mineral-based powder wood treatment, but applying durability measures w...

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...wood for framing , cellulose insulation , hemp insulation , insulated wood fiberboard panels , MDF panels made from rice , and other wood products such as formaldehyde-free OSB or plywood . There is a growing trend in the green home building industry to use more eco-friendly building materials, and due to that demand...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...sustainable strategies. “We used healing gardens, large windows with outside views, fresh and friendly colours, task and ambient lighting, earth-tone fabrics, and soothing textures like wood and stone to enhance the patient experience, “says Alex Sullo, Director, Facilities Services, Bluewater Health. “At the same ti...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

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

...wood grained melamine to match the wood doors is not at all uncommon. Wood doors: We will be working in this example with maple 'Shaker' style five-piece doors with a flat plywood centre. This is by far the most popular and affordable wood door style. The five pieces are the two rails (horizontal), two stiles (vertic...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...wood walls instead of drywall: most of the interior surfaces, walls and cathedral ceiling are finished with plywood panels that are urea-formaldehyde free with zero VOC binders . Polished concrete floor: The decision to polish and seal the concrete slab as a finished floor means no additional wood flooring on the mai...

Bathroom with refinished claw foot tub and barn board trim in a home c
Materials and resources

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...wood © elementalbuilding.com RONA for example is a Canadian-owned company that has made a commitment to offer only FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) wood products, a major move to bring responsibly harvested products to the mainstream marketplace. Wood carrying the FSC logo has passed a 3rd party independent asses...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

Natural building insulation materials In order to combat the climate change impact of the built environment, natural insulation materials such as hemp insulation, cellulose, wood fiber and grass insulation help us meet emission targets because they act as carbon storage. We are living in a time when the embodied ene...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...wood than stud framing. Reduced waste: FabCab utilizes state of the art computerized cutting machines that minimize waste. This creates precise, high quality assemblies, and reduces delays. Energy efficiency: Plumbing lines can be roughed-in for optional solar water heater to be used with the radiant floor heating ...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...wood pellets, and I wanted an energy source that was both environmentally responsible and local. Also, wood pellets are an inexpensive way to heat a home. We are also fortunate in Quebec to have an abundant source of clean and renewable energy, so along with the pellet stove the house has an electric furnace, though it...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...wood for finishing and cabinetry that is free of urea formaldehyde and other VOCs Chosen Non-Toxic Interior Finishes Brands : Columbia Forest Product, VOC-free plywood Maxi Forest , natural wood planks Formica Canada - Green Laminate Products Clean indoor air quality and ventilation Both the EPA & Health ...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...wood: If there are trees that have to come down, see about finding a use for them. Hire someone with a portable mill and build with wood from your lot. Rather than carting it away to a land fill or burning it off, build with it. Not only is it local, you can save money. 4. Look into small eco-developments An increa...