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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

...to ready-to-harvest in as little as 120 days, which helps preserve forests that are being clear cut to supply softwood lumber to the housing 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 fr...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...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 - choose woods that are grown in your region. Don't buy Easter...

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

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

...to that with no certification, but only if unable to find FSC Certified Lumber, but hey, it's a suggestion, we're not here to make any builder's life more difficult. Why buy FSC certified wood? While there are many reasons to buy FSC certified wood products, one of the most important ones is that it helps reduce th...

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

Burning the right firewood for maximum heat output and minimum environmental impact

...Wood-Burning? Choose a high-efficiency wood-burning stove or fireplace for the most eco-friendly way to burn wood for heat and be sure to maintain your stove or fireplace for optimal combustion. Buying the right stove in the first place allows us to run them at the optimum efficiency level while giving the level of h...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...tove for you. Unless that is you want a wood burner as a primary heat source and don't own your own woodland so are buying fuel in, in which case you could also consider a high efficiency and electricity free wood pellet stove by reading here . Built-in wood stove or freestanding wood stove: Built-in wood stoves ...

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

The rise of urban logging

...to show signs of rot. With a new building project slated to go right underneath it, it was time to take it down. Urban logging © Colleen Mahoney Where an old garage stood was soon to be the location of a studio / workshop, so rather than dispose of the wood from this tree and go buy more, Brian Blak and Colleen...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...tores. Jointed pine doors Jointed wood refers to smaller pieces that are machine grooved and glued together. They are strong, and enable the use of smaller pieces of wood that have limited use. Pros: They are cheaper than solid wood, last a long time, use post-industrial material, don't contain harmful gl...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...toxic building materials to protect air quality . Buy pre-finished wood flooring: Fumes from the varnish you apply to a freshly sanded floor will be a lot more noticeable and last longer than wood that comes pre-finished from a manufacturer. Alternatively, we would recommend using a natural floor oil instead. Prote...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...Wood Pellet stoves: A pellet stove looks pretty much like any wood stove, and gives you the same localized heat and ambience. But rather than firewood, pellet stoves only burn compressed waste-wood products, grain, seed or corn. One major difference with a pellet stove over a wood stove, is that they have a hopper ...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house

ARE TINY HOUSES FOR SALE LOCALLY A GOOD CHOICE FOR A FIRST HOME?

...to buy that cute home decoration, expand your kitchenware, or buy those new outfits you've seen – and some might counter that that’s a good thing. Storage is very limited when it comes to Tiny Homes, and if you have to pay for storage elsewhere to keep all the items you just couldn't part with, it defeats the whole pur...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...to begin development of dormant land is a little too enticing to pass up. And that, is where urban sprawl begins. The greenest home is in the city First, just to clear up a likely misconception - most people would be surprised to hear that the most eco-friendly home you can buy is not an off-grid home out in the wo...