Where to buy wood / Guides

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...

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...to create healthy indoor spaces , all in the Ecohome Building Guide and the following pages: Top ten tips for a longer lasting deck here Natural, food safe, mineral oil wood finish on shelves of big box stores How to make DIY non toxic paint here Where to buy and choose safe zero VOC paints ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

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

...to create healthy indoor spaces , all in the Ecohome Building Guide as well as in the following pages: Natural, food safe, mineral oil wood finish on shelves of big box stores How to make DIY non toxic paint here Where to buy and choose safe zero VOC paints Choosing zero-formaldehyde and VOC-fre...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...to remove dust and installed as-is. If you wish to change the look of the board itself, you can apply a natural wood finishing oil to bring out colours. Reclaimed barn boards make an interesting wall finish that provides an alternative to drywall Tongue and Groove interior wood walls: Using T & G wood for fin...

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...

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...