Used building materials / Guides

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...Building's Thermal Envelope with Dense-Pack Cellulose http://www.buildingenergyvt.com/weatherization-and-insulation/dense-pack-cellulose-insulation/ 2. Jennifer Atlee, March 28, 2012 http://greenspec.buildinggreen.com/blogs/toxicological-riddles-case-boric-acid 3. Technical Series 96212. Results of Fire Resistance ...

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

UBC Lab Exceeds LEED Platinum becoming one of North America's greenest buildings

...materials used in the building’s construction, including cement, steel and aluminum. Water: CIRS will satisfy the water needs of 200 inhabitants, plus hundreds of auditorium and café users, by capturing rain and treating it onsite. Water that can’t be used for drinking will recharge the local aquifer. ...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...building custom kitchens and bathrooms, speak with your cabinetmaker about using non-toxic materials. It shouldn't amount to more than a 10 to 15% premium. See our full cost breakdown of going green in the kitchen for more details, and discover more about formaldehyde-free plywood here . 4. Sofas Pay close attentio...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...building materials The LEED for homes program is a point-driven green home rating system with many performance categories , so not only is the S1600 stylish, well designed and energy-efficient as standard, it also offers an extremely healthy indoor environment filled with non-toxic, sustainable and natural building m...

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

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

...used to form a structure, the carbon footprint and embodied energy of metal is far worse than that of wood . From a green building materials standpoint, materials should be used in their most sensible manner, meaning it would be better if metal were kept in circulation and applied to a use that only metal can fill. ...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

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

...Materials and Resources: 15 of 16 available points, with healthy and local materials An extraordinary customer: A nice surprise for Alain Culis, President of Énergéco Concept (Manufacturers of the popular modern green prefab kit home - Le Refuge) , was when he learned exactly who the client for this prefab eco home...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...building materials. For our building envelope we will use Roxul mineral wool insulation, which has a high embodied energy but superior durability compared to many other insulation materials. It can also be easily disassembled and entirely reusable at the end of the operational life of this home, whenever or if that m...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...building beds out of! Toxic pallets? Is it to stop them going missing? As we know, there is a growing trend of building home furniture with used shipping pallets , or ‘skids’, but not all shipping pallets are safe for re-use for two reasons. Depending on what the pallets were originally used for, can impact how...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...building materials A ‘phase change’ refers to the action of a material changing from liquid to solid to gas, or in the reverse order. Even greater heat storage capacity can come from employing Phase Change Materials (PCMs) . A significant amount of energy is absorbed or released when a material changes phase, which...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...building materials from demolition projects, then offer them for resale in varying conditions. Shipping pallets: Pallets are pretty easy to come by, in fact many commercial buildings and retailers are happy to get rid of them. They can be used either in their current form or taken apart and reused as small pieces - b...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

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

...building construction (when they lack sufficient mechanical ventilation from a HRV or ERV system to ensure adequate air exchange) and increased use of synthetic building materials, wood particle board panels containing formaldehyde in kitchens and furnishings, toxic chemicals in personal care products, pesticides, and ...