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Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...wood (when dry) is made up of carbon, which remains in the wood even after it has been harvested. It has thus been shown that using one square metre of wood in construction removes 0.9 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. That means that a typical wooden structure measuring approximately 2,400 sq.ft. retains the equivale...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...wood comes from a sustainably managed forest , so FSC labelled wood is always preferred. Where to buy wood: Wherever you live in Canada, there is without a doubt wood being harvested not too far away. If you want to ensure your wood qualifies in some sense as 'local', you can start first of all by species selection...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...wood product has been harvested from a sustainably managed forest. When buying lumber or wood products, like eco-friendly hardwood flooring , pay attention and look for the FSC certification. Wood with a FSC logo ensures it should come from sustainably managed forests Wood and paper producers are subject to man...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring
Flooring and stairs

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

...woods cork and bamboo remain popular, it can be difficult to determine whether the wood is sustainably harvested. Also, some manufactures use adhesives containing chemical solvents to hold the layers of wood together. As a result, many people are turning to marmoleum. Marmoleum has no adverse health issues during pro...

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

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...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 assesment, and has been harvested from a sustainably managed forest. But the most sustainable building materials you’ll find, are the ones that have been u...

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...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...wood. You can easily frame a wooden roof to carry the added weight of soil on a green roof, and wood is renewable, usually local, and more sustainably harvested than metal. 4. Health: Container houses may subject you to toxic substances, as it is hard to know what was previously contained in a container before you ...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...sustainably harvested wood ensures you are sourcing from well managed forests and protecting the lungs of the planet, our forests. Energy efficient prefab modular kit houses. Yes, this probably comes as a surprise to many as you ask yourself, are kit houses considered a green home? That depends on how well they are...

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

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...sustainably harvested materials, recycled materials, food-safe surfaces , formaldehyde-free and low VOCs materials or that it is durable and long lasting (pushing back the replacement date). If we're talking sustainable homes and resilient homes , then the total carbon footprint also comes into play. But regardless o...