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Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...buildings are decommissioned there can be a lot of valuable materials that could be used again, but when buyers can’t find sellers, otherwise usable materials are being sent to a land fill. There is a growing amount of used building materials that can be found at online classified websites such as Craigslist and Kijiji...

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

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...used building materials becomes greater all the time. And that is simply considering the direct cost to the consumer; indirectly, the costs are exponentially higher through environmental destruction and the costs that come with it. Depending on the type of product, some used building materials will save you a lot of ...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...building materials that preserve natural resources and contribute to healthier indoor air quality in homes. Learn more about how hemp floor boards are produced in the video below. Now that you know about formaldehyde-free, zero VOC hemp flooring materials, you can learn more about green building materials t...

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

The rise of urban logging

...Materials were collected and stored in their yard while the wood dried and plans were finalized. All said and done, a good portion of the materials for this project were not only local, they came from within 5 feet of the building site. The whole process of building this backyard studio (which Brian and Colleen have ...

Hemp fibreboard and Hemp insulation - the Green Building choice
Wood and organic materials

Hemp building supplies

...building product, most notably as hemp-batt insulation , and also hemp boards for cabinetry. Why choose hemp building materials? The growing and harvesting of hemp is a far more sustainable process than harvesting wood for use as building products, due to the short time period in which a crop is ready to harvest. T...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...materials to suppliers so you receive stock suited to your dimensions and avoid unnecessary waste.Use scraps of batt insulation and high quality tapes to insulate and seal windows rather than spray foam. Using or disposing of old building materials: Re-using or repurposing building materials, where it mak...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...materials. Wood: underutilized and over-exploited: There is a lot of potential for increasing the amount of wood used in both residential and non-residential construction. New wood products and innovative building practices are helping to increase the use of wood. However, the acceptance of engineered structural ma...

Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

...materials and methods. Built of inert cementitious blocks that inhibit the growth of fungi and molds, the walls are finished with a natural clay plaster that requires no paint finish. A soy-based sealer was used for the concrete floors and counters, and untreated silk and hemp fabric was used for the curtains. The cl...

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

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...building materials you’ll find, are the ones that have been used before. There are businesses that specialize in reclaimed materials by purchasing their stock from old buildings being torn down. Light fixtures, bathtubs, bricks, tiles, barn boards, trim, doors, foam panels, the list is endless. You can also check out...

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Interior design and furnishing

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...materials. Read more about protecting indoor air quality with non-toxic interior furnishings and choosing non-toxic building materials in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages at North America's green building website, Ecohome.

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...used to prevent moisture and air infiltration, but it is also used for aesthetics. The little gaps at the top of baseboards or at corners and joints used to be left as is, but in modern home construction caulking is often used as a wood filler to eliminate any imperfections. Caulking has jokingly been called 'liquid ...