Using reclaimed materials / Guides

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

The rise of urban logging

...materials rather than landfill. It won't necessarily save or make you money, but you can at least know your tree went to good use. Brian and Chairman Meow © Colleen Mahoney Finished studio using reclaimed materials and tree milled on site © Colleen Mahoney

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...using materials is the holy grail of green building, so go for it whenever you can, especially in finishing where there is no structural integrity or insulation performance to consider. Reusing materials diverts waste, saves forests, and adds character and class to your home. A particularly nice look can be used barn...

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

...using industry. Read more here about other hemp building materials on the market and why they are sustainable. Hardwood flooring companies will on occasion use wood reclaimed from river beds , recycled barn boards, or renewable building materials such as bamboo, but this hemp flooring from a Tennessee manufactu...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...Using an integrated design process where all consultants and the contractor meet at the very start and regularly thereafter saved time and money in the long run, and permitted a broad range of solutions such as integration of active and passive solar strategies, daylighting or incorporation of reclaimed / reused materi...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...Using reclaimed and local materials: By re-using existing building materials and buying locally, you just became part of the green building trend. As we have said, green building starts at the design phase, so you can incorporate these materials into your future build. Knowing what materials you will use ahead of t...

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

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...using old flooring is that it can be harder to get the boards tight together, and spaces between boards can be a pain for cleaning as they build up dust and debris very easily. Wood salvaged from River bottoms: Under the category of 'reclaimed' I would include wood reclaimed from rivers and lakes. Transportation of...

Indoor hydroponic vegetable garden
Food production

Growing food indoors

...reclaimed wine bottle. This system also allows users to save water as each closed circuit system can use the same nutrient mix for several days and when the water needs to be changed it can be used again to water potted plants. The folks at BioCity use a blend of durable materials such as recovered wine bottles, ga...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...reclaimed windows. For Greenhouse's in Kit form online with delivery, or Greenhouse construction materials, see here Ventilation: At this moment, two small fans provide the necessary fresh air and moisture removal. The installation of a ventilation system powered by solar panels is planned for the future. Gro...

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?

...using pallets for furniture or building with is a good idea? Honestly, we're divided on this one. Some feel that the potential negatives outweigh the positives for reusing pallets - especially for beds and furniture - but also in gardens if in contact with plants and vegetables. The pluses for reusing pallets to buil...

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

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

...reclaimed materials and FSC controlled wood. FSC Recycled - This label uses pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled fiber products. FSC Certification labels indicate wood and paper products have been sourced from sustainably managed forests What is the difference between FSC and SFI certified lumber and woo...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...materials . How carbonized wood finish is made: Wooden boards are burnt on each side, which is usually done with a blowtorch . Using a stiff brush, carbon residue is then removed from the boards and the material is rinsed with water. Once a board is dry, it's ideal to apply a natural non-toxic oil to seal it. Col...