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Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...VOCs will lead to safer indoor air quality and reduced health risks for homeowners - although we would always suggest ventilating modern airtight homes by choosing a HRV or ERV system . More cool things about grass insulation 70% less water is required for manufacturing grass insulation compared to fiberglass ins...

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

Hemp building supplies

...VOCs. Hemp Coreboard on the other hand, is non-toxic and does not contain formaldehyde and toxic resins. Coreboard is also manufactured using a sugar-based binder, therefore hemp building products can help contribute to cleaner interior air quality in homes. To meet industrial safety standards, a salt-based fire-r...

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

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

Remember linoleum? Meet marmoleum! Remember linoleum, that durable but boring material found on most kitchen and bathroom floors of older homes? These days, its called marmoleum and it comes in bright colors and faux finishes. Whatever name you call it, it’s generally considered both the greenest and healthiest floo...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...VOCs, it is stain resistant, and it is entirely recyclable at the end of life. As an added bonus, you can mold the sink, the countertop and backsplash out of the same material. Figure on spending between $50 and $120 per square foot, installation included. Visit Alkemi . Recycled aluminum coun...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...VOC's from varnish applied onsite, or you can purchase raw wood and apply a non-toxic natural wood finishing oil . So, now you know why we suggest choosing a slab-on-grade foundation instead of a crawl-space , read more about how to build a slab on grade here , how to build a basement properly here , how to insulate ...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...VOC Kitchen © Ecohome The reclaimed wood doors give the Edelweiss LEED platinum home extra points and some added charm © Ecohome Rooms are flooded with light with carefully placed windows © Ecohome Local slate was used for t...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...VOC & formaldehyde-free plywood with hardwearing UV finish , non-toxic quartz countertops , every effort having been made to ensure these homes have an exceptionally healthy indoor air quality . Passive Solar Homes: leading by design The spectacular picture window in this model range of high-performance prefab home...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...VOC's from varnish applied onsite, or you can purchase raw wood and apply a non-toxic natural wood finishing oil . So, now you know why we suggest choosing a slab-on-grade foundation instead of a crawl-space , read more about how to build a slab on grade here , how to build a basement properly here , how to insulate ...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...VOC binders . Polished concrete floor: The decision to polish and seal the concrete slab as a finished floor means no additional wood flooring on the main floor was needed, reducing material consumption. The natural honey-color of the walls makes for a very warm atmosphere, which made the contrast of the polished con...