Tropical wood / Guides

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...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...wood with a rich Canadian heritage. Cons: Some reclaimed materials can be quite labour intensive to prepare, particularly painted boards. You will likely encounter lead paint, so be sure to protect yourself. The safest option (and frankly, the easiest) is to have them sandblasted. Tropical woods Using tropical ...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...wood. Choosing FSC products promotes the market for responsible forestry management. Engineered hardwood floors: Engineered wood is comprised of several layers of plywood forming the core of your flooring, with a top layer of hardwood. When finished, engineered wood will look like any other hardwood floor. ...

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 for building structures that will be continually saturated with water and moisture, such as docks or garden boxes. Finally, there are tropical woods that are very durable, such as Ipe and Teak, but the market for these woods is causing a pretty big dent in tropical rainforests, which are unfortunately pretty imp...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...tropical woods: Provide proof that any tropical woods found in the home are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. 3.1 Construction waste management planning: Investigate and document local options for diversion (e.g. recycling, reuse) of all anticipated major constituents of the project waste stream, includ...

Carbon Offset Schemes - Whale Poop leads Nature's Own Way
Lifestyle and environment

Save the Whale's (Poop) - Save the Planet !! (And $2m per Whale)

...tropical waters, and more nutrients mean more phytoplankton, which in turn absorb more carbon dioxide. Just like human and animal poop of all varieties making great organic fertilizer on-land - whale poop fertilizes the oceans - and the more phytoplankton, the more food for whales and fish, which can only be good news ...