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90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

How to find a healthier wood finish

...wood floor finish, but floor oils are gaining in popularity. There are a lot of benefits to oiled floors, especially with softwood which are prone to damage. ...

Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil
Healthy indoor air quality

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

...wood finishing oil © Livos Kunos is an impregnating oil that acts as a dye, sealant and finish; it bonds with the interior of the wood ...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding

...wood: There is a related wood treatment called torrefied wood or thermo-modified wood, where milled planks are baked in a high-temperature oven. Virtually ...

Naturally finished red oak floors
Flooring and stairs

Flooring material options

...wood floors: Engineered wood is comprised of several layers of plywood forming the core of your flooring, with a top layer of hardwood. When finished, engi...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...finished wood products are made in China, with Canadian wood. So if possible try to shop local, it’s more sustainable and it supports your local economy. B...

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

The rise of urban logging

...finished by the owners (in their new workshop) as the materials for baseboards and trims. Urban logging © Brian Blak Some of the wood was used f...

Reclaimed sunken lumber for wood ceiling
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Choosing between wood and drywall for ceilings

...wood reclaimed from river bottoms as seen above. It will also reduce the negative health and ecological impacts of finishing with wood if you omit applying a fi...

Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Exterior cladding

...wood © Ecohome Pros: It makes for a great looking traditional finish to a home. Certainly with FSC wood, extraction can be sustainable, and very little pollutio...

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil
Flooring and stairs

Sanding your own wood floors

Sanding wood floors yourself will definitely save money, and even an inexperienced homeowner can likely do a better job than the lowest bidding handyperson who...

North Park Passive House Vancouver Island
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island

...finish cedar siding on the walls, and soffits focus the eye and bring attention to these entrances, signaling that ‘neighbours live here’. The project provides ...

Recycled quartz Eco counter top

Choosing green kitchen countertops for LEED homes

...finish has the look of soapstone but at about a third of the price. They are manufactured in the United States but available in Canada. Purchase and instal...